Editor's note: This article was last updated at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 19, 2019, with the latest information. 

BEAUFORT — Emergency crews from multiple departments spent Tuesday night fighting a boat fire just north of the Core Creek bridge.

Beaufort Fire Chief Tony Ray told the News-Times Wednesday morning there were two civilians aboard the shrimp trawler, which was docked, when the boat caught fire around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

One of the occupants was transported to the hospital and released, the chief said.

County Fire Marshal Eddie Lewis said the vessel was a total loss and the owner did not have it insured.

“The two crew members were working on a hydraulic pump that had failed. One crew member was using a grinder on the pump that was located well below deck creating sparks,” Mr. Lewis said. “The other crew member discovered the fire (most likely caused from the sparks of the grinder) and both crew members tried to contain the fire but were unable to do so.”

Instead crews from a number of agencies responded.

“There were 10 agencies, 50 emergency personnel (out there),” Chief Ray said.

It took crews four to five hours to get the blaze down, and crews were still on scene Wednesday morning. The chief cited the wooden material of the boat, fuel and other conditions amongst the challenges emergency crews faced.

No other boats or structures were involved.

Fire boats from Morehead City and Beaufort were engaged in the operations, along with personnel from the Beaufort Fire Department, the Beaufort EMS Department, the Morehead City Fire and EMS Department, Otway Fire and Rescue, the North River Volunteer Fire Department, the Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Atlantic Beach Fire Department, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, the Office of the Carteret County Fire Marshal and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

The fire marshal is investigating the incident.

 

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 225; email jackie@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

(Previous report)

BEAUFORT — Emergency crews from multiple departments spent Tuesday night fighting a boat fire just north of the Core Creek bridge.

Beaufort Fire Chief Tony Ray told the News-Times Wednesday morning there were two civilians aboard the shrimp trawler, which was docked, when the boat caught fire around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

One of the occupants was transported to the hospital and released, the chief said.

“There were 10 agencies, 50 emergency personnel (out there),” Chief Ray said.

It took crews four to five hours to get the blaze down, and crews were still on scene Wednesday morning. The chief cited the wooden material of the boat, fuel and other conditions amongst the challenges emergency crews faced.

No other boats or structures were involved.

Fire boats from Morehead City and Beaufort were engaged in the operations, along with personnel from the Beaufort Fire Department, the Beaufort EMS Department, the Morehead City Fire and EMS Department, Otway Fire and Rescue, the North River Volunteer Fire Department, the Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Atlantic Beach Fire Department, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, the Office of the Carteret County Fire Marshal and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

Chief Ray said the fire marshal is investigating the incident.

 

Contact Jackie Starkey at 252-726-7081, ext. 225; email jackie@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @jackieccnt.

 

(Previous report)

HARLOWE — Wednesday morning fire crews from at least one department were still at the scene of a Tuesday evening boat fire in the vicinity of the Core Creek bridge. 

Multiple departments responded to a call around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday for a boat on fire near the bridge. Emergency officials worked well into the night.

As of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Beaufort Fire Department confirmed it still had crews on scene. 

No further information or reports on the blaze were immediately available. 

This is a developing report.

 

(Previous report)

HARLOWE — Emergency crews from multiple departments are at the scene of a reported boat fire near the Core Creek bridge.

An emergency call went out to multiple fire units around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday for a marine fire. According to scanner reports, the vessel is a shrimp trawler and was docked when crews arrived on scene.

Crews from Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Mill Creek, Morehead City, South River, Otway, the Carteret County Sheriff's Office and TowBoatUS were all reportedly on scene as of 5:45 p.m.

No further information is immediately available. This is a developing report. 

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