Rockland firefighters extinguish fire on ferry in Rockland dry dock

Posted:  Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 11:45am
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ROCKLAND — A fire on a ferry in dry dock drew firefighters to a Rockland boatyard this morning, April 30. Damage was limited to the ferry’s interior.

Knox Regional Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from personnel at Rockland Marine on Mechanic Street reporting a fire within a boat that was in dry dock, according to Rockland Fire Chief Chris Whytock, in a news release. 

Boatyard workers had noticed smoke coming from the hull of a 100-foot ferry, the Machiogonne II, on one of the dry docks, he said. 

The Machiogonne II is owned by Casco Bay Lines, and serves Peaks Island, in Casco Bay.

Upon arrival of the first due companies, Lt. Brian Sullivan noted no visible smoke or flames from the vessel,” the chief said. “Upon further investigation they found some small hand tools and a canvas bag on fire.

Firefighters used approximately 100 gallons of water to extinguish the fire but access to fire area was limited due to navigating through small access holes and hatches. 

Once the fire was extinguished and no further extension was found, fans were placed near fresh air openings and the smoke was evacuated.  Air monitoring was also completed to check for any remaining carbon monoxide or other hazardous gases were not lingering in the area. 

No one was injured.