'The Wasabi' burns

Commercial fishing vessel saved by firefighters

Fire officials say they extinguished a small electrical fire aboard a commercial fishing boat named “The Wasabi” at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal Thursday.

Capital City Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Etheridge tells the Empire that the owner of the 35-foot vessel reported the fire at about 3:50 p.m. when he discovered smoke in the wheelhouse.

A total of 17 firefighters responded, some of whom boarded the boat and put out the flames, Etheridge said.

The boat was tied up to the commercial loading dock next to the ferry terminal.

The fire was small, but it created a lot of smoke, Etheridge said.

“The boat was saved,” Etheridge said. “I’m guessing there was probably less than $5,000 worth of damage.”

The additional firefighters remained in a staging area in case the fire grew, Etheridge said. He noted commercial fishing vessel fires are similar to structure fires that can quickly spread.

No injuries were reported.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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