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Coast Guard responds to fire aboard fish processor in Westport

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WESTPORT, Wash. – A 131-foot fish processing vessel erupted into flames early Saturday morning. The Coast Guard reports the master of The Juno was aboard at the time, and was not hurt.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and no injuries were reported. The Westport Fire department said the fire was reported at 1:30 Saturday morning, they contacted watch-standers at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport for assistance fighting the fire. Two 47-foot Motor Life Boat crews were launched to respond.

The fire was reported out at 4:05 a.m. There is thought to be approximately 5,000 gallons of firefighting water aboard, with 4 1/2 to 5 feet on deck, causing the vessel to list.

Members of the incident management division from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton, Ore., were dispatched to the scene to monitor the removal of the firefighting water and mitigate any potential environmental hazards caused by the vessel.

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