Fishing boat burns in Portland, Maine

Just after 9 on Tuesday morning, the 55-foot steel boat Resolve caught fire at Portland’s Vessel Services at the Fish Pier.

South Portland Fire Department responded to assist. The fire was under control with half an hour. South Portland Fire Department photo.

The Portland and South Portland fire departments responded quickly to the 9:30 call and had the fire under control within half an hour.

The boat, originally from Houma, La., was undergoing some welding and deck work as part of a conversion to the scallop fishery for local fisherman Mike Stinchfield, according to a representative at Vessel Services, who noted that the crew there was about two months into the conversion work before the fire.
Two people were reported to have been onboard at the time. One was treated for smoke inhalation, but no major injuries were reported.
The boat was towed up the Fore River to Portland Yacht Services around 10:45, and the Portland Fire Department was working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to remove water from the boat and prevent contamination in the harbor.
Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree’s office overlooks the pier, and her staff grabbed shots and tweeted about the incident from their headquarters at the Marine Trade Center.
The Maine scallop fishery opens in December.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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