Fish processor fire forces evacuation of crew

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A generator fire early Monday forced the evacuation of 146 crew members of a fish processor in Prince William Sound, the Coast Guard said.

The 314-foot Alaska Packer was anchored near Naked Island when the fire broke out about 1:30 a.m., according to the Coast Guard.

While the ship's fire team fought the blaze, the master of the vessel issued a distress call.

Coast Guard helicopter crews from Cordova and Kodiak were dispatched to help evacuate the crew to several fishing vessels that responded to the distress call.

By 2:12 a.m., firefighters put out the fire, which caused less damage than expected, the Coast Guard said.

The crew was later returned to the ship. No one was hurt.

The marine safety office in Valdez was investigating the cause of the fire.

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