Early Sunday morning, the 100-foot former crab boat F/V Arctic Dawn caught fire while the vessel was moored just south of the Ballard Bridge in the Lake Washington Ship Canal. According to reports, nearly 100 Seattle based firefighters rushed to the scene to fight what eventually became a 3-alarm fire. Fortunately, firefighters were able to contain the blaze after about an hour and prevented the fire from spreading to the F/V Lady Kodiak, which was docked alongside the Arctic Dawn. Damage to the vessel seems to be confined to the superstructure of the ship, above the water line. An engineer, who was the only person on board the vessel when the fire broke out, escaped without injury. No other injuries were reported and the incident remains under investigation.
The F/V Arctic Dawn, a former crabbing vessel that is now used for salmon-fishing, was featured in some early episodes of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch.
More photos of the blaze and aftermath can be found at the My Ballard blog, HERE and HERE.
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