Fire aboard cargo ship in Tacoma causes minimal damage

(TACOMA, Wash.) — A fire broke out Thursday on the upper deck of the cargo ship Midnight Sun while it was docked at the Port of Tacoma, causing minimal damage, The News Tribune reported.

The fire, which was reported at 7:22 p.m., was extinguished by the fire suppression system on the 839-foot ship. The Tacoma Fire Department said a preliminary investigation determined the cause of the incident was an electrical malfunction in a piece of equipment.

No injuries were reported aboard the roll-on/roll-off ship, which is owned by TOTE. Joe Meinecke, a spokesman for the fire department, said the flames mainly damaged the equipment that caught fire.

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By Rich Miller