JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Nearby vessels and a Coast Guard cutter helped the crew of a fish processing boat extinguish a laundry-room blaze Wednesday in the Bering Sea off Alaska's Aleutian Islands.
No injuries were reported on the 253-foot Pacific Glacier, and 90 of the 106 crew members were taken aboard nearby vessels after the fire began Tuesday night, Coast Guard Petty Officer Barry Lane said.
"All 106 crew, including two federal fisheries observers, are reported safe and accounted for," according to a statement from the boat's owner, Seattle-based Glacier Fish Co.
The fire started in the laundry room and took about seven hours to put out, the company said.
Crew members fought the fire with help from as many as 10 nearby vessels.
Damage appeared limited to the laundry room area. Lane said no flames were visible from outside the ship, about 136 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
The Pacific Glacier will lose the remainder of the winter fishing season and return to Seattle for repairs.
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