A Kirby Offshore Marine tugboat caught fire just after midnight last night while moored at their dock on the north shore of Staten Island.
According to local news reports, six crewmembers were asleep on board the tug “Viking” while a fire was burning on deck.
“They were all sleeping — we woke them up and got them off the boat,” FDNY Battalion Chief William Tanzosh told SILive.com from the scene.
In an emailed statement, Kirby Offshore Marine commented on the incident:
The company is thankful for the actions of the port and local fire officials in extinguishing a small fire on the tug Viking, which had been at dock undergoing repairs earlier in the day. Work on the vessel had been suspended overnight and the crewmembers onboard at the time the incident safely evacuated the vessel. No injuries were sustained and damage appears to be very minor.
We are working with the Coast Guard to determine the cause of this incident as it remains under investigation.