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Fire aboard fishing trawler at Northlake Way

Posted by Kate Bergman on September 17th, 2010

Update: Our news partner The Seattle Times reports that no one was aboard the boat, and there were no injuries. Firefighters confined the fire to the deck level, and put it out in little more than an hour.

There was a fire aboard the 125-foot commercial fishing vessel Royal Enterprise tonight that saw a huge Seattle Fire Department response. Beginning at 7:43 p.m. more than two dozen SFD units plus fire and police boats were sent to the scene at 1341 Northlake Way. Tipster Joe told us at 8:17 p.m. that the fire was out and was knocked down quickly. He sent this video.

By the time we arrived at the scene, close to 8:30, there was little smoke but fire crews were working.





Puget Sound Maritime has more information on the fire and the trawler.



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  • Djmist

    Jacksons Boat pretty much put this one out! Now the 2 dozen SFD engines can go home! heehee

  • Silver

    Great coverage! I completely missed this!

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    There was a fire aboard the 125-foot commercial fishing vessel Royal Enterprise tonight that saw a huge Seattle Fire Department response.

  • ltfd

    “Jacksons Boat pretty much put this one out! Now the 2 dozen SFD engines can go home! heehee.”  'djmist', that sounds like a Harbor Patrol posting- by Jackson(')s Boat I assume you mean Patrol 2? Let's review the incident and check the validity of your statement.
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    In the interest of accurate documentation of Public Safety responses in Seattle, here is the Public Disclosure Report narrative from the National Fire Incident Reporting System entry concerning the incident:
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    'L9 (Ladder 9) arrived with reports from harbor patrol of 150 foot commercial fishing vessel with heavy smoke and flames from the superstructure. L9 established Northlake command. Prior to any units arrival, Dep1 (Deputy 1) called for a 2-11 (a second alarm assignment) due to reports from harbor patrol. Dep1 assumed command on arrival.
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    E2 (Engine 2) arrived at the same time as L9 and overhauled a manifold down to the pier and onto the vessel via the gangway.  E17 arrived and layed a dry supply from the nearest hydrant to E2. E22 arrived and parked on the hydrant and pumped to E2. L9 assisted E2 with overhaul of lines to  the ship and brought down fans and search and rescue equipment. E2 took the primary attack line into the superstructure on the main deck. E17 and E8 had backup lines and lines to the second deck. E2 put water on the fire and reported fire confined to the main deck bow. Floor 2 and the wheelhouse were searched by L9 and found all clear (no victims). Multiple other units performed various tasks and fire was confined to area of origin in the bow. FIU (Fire Investigators) determined the fire to be caused by overheated combustibles in a dryer in the forward bow compartment and estimated damage at $100,000 to the vessel and $5000 to the contents.'
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    Now 'djmist', how can an exterior water stream, directed onto the hull and deck of a vessel – which is by design meant to shed water – put out a fire that is inside a steel vessel? How does that accomplish search & rescue on a vessel?
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    Although cooling the hull and deck is a valid exposure protection tactic for fire on a steel vessel, in order to knockdown the fire & extinguish it, entry needs to be made into the exposure spaces and original fire space; extinguishing agents (usually water) need to be applied to burning fuels (wood, cloth, rubber, plastics, petrochemicals, etc.) to knockdown the fire; overhaul activities must occur to expose any smoldering material and ensure final extinguishment; salvage activities must occur to remove residual products of combustion (smoke, carbon monoxide, and other gases) and accumulated fire fighting water.
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    It is hard to complete all of the standard firefighting responsibilties while floating on a different vessel, without stepping onto the fire vessel and assigning teams of fire fighters to complete those tasks. However, I am glad that Patrol/Harbor 2 (Jackson Lone) was able to provide exposure protection and limit fire spread in this instance.