Three commercial fishing boats lost to fire in Craig

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - Capital City Fire Rescue reports three commercial fishing boats lost to fire in Craig over the weekend.

    They recognize how it not only impacts the livelihoods of the families that owned the boats, but the community as a whole.

    CCFR says these fires can happen in any waterfront community.

    The Coast Guard is investigating fires aboard the 57-foot fishing vessel Seaborn, 56-foot fishing vessel Pacific Lady and the 49-foot fishing vessel Julia Kae, at a marina in North Cove in Craig. They say the Craig harbormaster and fire department contained the fire.

    Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan investigators are responding to monitor for signs of pollution, investigate the cause of the incident and assess extent and cost of damage. Coast Guard Sector Juneau was notified early Sunday morning about the fire that occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m.

    The Pacific Lady has a max capacity of 1,500 gallons of fuel, the Julia Kae has a max capacity of 3,800 gallons of fuel and the Seaborn has a max capacity of 2,000 gallons of fuel.

    The Coast Guard says sheening appears to be minimal, but boom has been deployed.

    Lt. Jennifer Ferreira, Sector Juneau public affairs officer says a team from Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan was on their way to Craig to support the local response and the team will work with the Craig harbormaster, Craig Fire Department and vessel owners to investigate the cause of the incident.
    There were no injuries reported.

    The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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