Tugboat catches fire on Fall River

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(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — A fire broke out on an unmanned tugboat on the Fall River early Monday morning, WPRI.com reported.

The call came in around 4 a.m. from witnesses on the Somerset side of the river who saw heavy flames and smoke coming from the tugboat Navigator, according to Fall River District Chief Ron Sevigni.

The fire was on two decks of Navigator and did not spread. The scene was far from a fire hydrant, causing issues on how fast crews could get water on the boat, Sevigni said, but they were still able to extinguish the flames quickly.

No injuries were reported and no one was on Navigator at the time of the fire.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Fall River Police Department are investigating what caused the fire.

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By Professional Mariner Staff