YARMOUTH, N.S. - Firefighters were called to the Lobster Rock Wharf in Yarmouth Thursday night, Jan. 4, after smoke was seen billowing from a fishing vessel docked there.
They arrived on scene to find the Fundy Commander on fire.
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Firefighters remained at Lobster Rock Wharf throughout the night, drenching the burning vessel with water in miserably cold conditions. Port Maitland, Wedgeport and Lake Vaughn firefighters assisted in fighting the blaze. Yarmouth Fire Department platoon chief Peter Winship says firefighters were initially on board the vessel when they arrived on the scene.
"The fire quickly changed inside and I made the call to pull everyone off the boat," Winship said.
The blaze was in the engine room and difficult to gain access to, says Winship, adding that there’s always a danger of explosion with boat fires.
" You don’t know what might be on board: propane, diesel… there’s several different things you have to be concerned with," he said.
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FROM THE SCENE THE EVENING OF JAN. 4
There was no visible flame when firefighters arrived last night and the conditions were far from ideal with rain and strong winds associated with the storm that has been affecting the province since the afternoon of Jan. 4. Waves churned at the wharf throughout the night as firefighters went about their duties.
The Environment Canada station at the Yarmouth Airport has reported wind gusts in the low 80s and in the 70s throughout the night during the time firefighters were at the wharf.
No other vessels appeared in danger Thursday night as firefighters explored the deck and inside of the vessel, searching for the source of the fire. When this newspaper was on the scene between 10:30 p.m. and midnight, at times the smoke would subside, but then would become thick again.
Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the night and more fire trucks arrived at the wharf early Friday morning around 6 a.m. Our newsroom has returned to the scene again this morning.