Coast Guard investigators examine fishing vessel Arctic Dawn

SEATTLE – The fishing vessel Arctic Dawn, known to many as a boat featured in early episodes of Discovery Channel’s series “The Deadliest Catch”, burned while moored in Seattle on Sept. 12, 2010.

SEATTLE - Investigators and the commercial fishing safety manager from Sector Puget Sound examine the commercial fishing vessel Arctic Dawn.

The Arctic Dawn was a crab fishing vessel, but since its Deadliest Catch days has been used for salmon fishing. Emergency crews were called to the 100-foot boat, at 2 a.m., to fight what became a three-alarm fire near the Ballard Bridge. Because of the boat’s position from shore fighting the fire was made more difficult.

Firefighters battled the blaze from a pier, and from one fire boat and one police boat. When they made their way on board they found no one in the parts of the boat that had been ablaze, which was mostly above the water line and confined to the deck and cabin. There were no injuries reported or sustained while fighting the fire.

Responders were able to contain the fire before it spread to a nearby vessel, Lady Kodiak. Lady Kodiak was blackened but not damaged.

More than 100 firefighters were involved in extinguishing the fire, which lasted more than an hour. The cause of the incident is unknown and the Coast Guard is conducting an investigation. Originally named the F/V Marla Jo, Arctic Dawn was built in 1981.

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