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Freighter fire at Purvis Marine

Friday, June 06, 2014   by: Staff

At 11:13 a.m. Thursday morning, five Sault Ste. Marie Fire Service were dispatched to Purvis Marine on Base Line.

Captain Jim Beach told that a substantial fire broke out aboard a decommissioned freighter that was being dismantled for scrap metal.

The vessel was in the St. Marys River at the time of the fire.

Aerial and hand-held units were used to douse the blaze with foam, and a Prince Township tanker was called in to assist.

There were no hazardous materials aboard the vessel and no injuries were reported.

Fire suppression crews were at the scene until approximately 3:30 p.m.

It's believed the fire began in the freighter's engine room.

Although the cause has yet to be determined, the incident is not considered suspicious.

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Javaman 6/6/2014 4:46:13 PM Report

wow...took a long time for this news to get out.
sameboat000 6/6/2014 5:15:30 PM Report

possibly the ministry of environment and ministry of labour should do an inspection of the work site to deem it safe or not.
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