Fire Started from Cutting Torch Work
Crew members on a general cargo vessel in port were using an oxy-acetylene torch to remove various sea fasteners, brackets, and cargo securing points from the tween deck pontoons in a cargo hold. Sparks and molten slag from the hot work caused a fire. Thankfully, nobody appears to have been seriously hurt. However the fire damage to cargo exceeded $350,000 including damage from the fire directly, from the smoke, and from the water used to extinguish the fire. Damage to the ship exceeded $100,000 and included damage to the cargo hold bulkhead, access ladders and lighting system.
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