Crew safe after fire on Ocean Choice vessel
Company says small fire contained by emergency personnel
A fire onboard a fishing vessel Wednesday afternoon was contained, with all crew safe and accounted for, according to Canadian seafood company Ocean Choice International.
The Newfoundland Lynx, which has a capacity of 31 crew members, docked in St. Anthony just before 1 a.m. Thursday.
"When she arrived to the wharf, we went aboard just to check it out and make sure everything was safe and sound," said town fire chief Peter Green.
Only residual smoke remained, and the fire department did not treat any crew for burns or smoke inhalation, he said.
Green told CBC News the ship was about 100 kilometres offshore at the time of the blaze. The company said fire and emergency personnel on board the ship acted quickly to contain it and were able to extinguish the fire themselves.
Green said he was impressed with the response, noting the fire was completely out by the time St. Anthony crews boarded.
A nearby ship, the Siviluk, responded and followed the Lynx to shore.
Ocean Choice said it has notified families and the appropriate authorities and hasn't yet determined a cause nor the extent of damage.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said Friday it is deploying a team of investigators to Harbour Grace to investigate the incident.
CBC News has requested an interview with the company.