Coast Guard, Aransas Fire Department respond to fire at Conn Brown Harbor

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas– Coast Guard Station Port Aransas responded to a fire in the Conn Brown Harbor parking lot, Monday.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call at approximately 11:29 a.m. this morning from a good Samaritan who saw the flames and believed that it was burning oil in the Conn Brown Harbor parking lot.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas.

The Coast Guard immediately established a safety zone 100 yards north and south of the fire source.  They worked closely with the Aransas Pass Fire Department and provided three dewatering pumps to combat the fire.

The source of the fire was confirmed to be a stack of wood in the parking lot. The safety zone was lifted once the fire was out at approximately 12:40 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

“Although the fire was not on the water, there was a concern for the safety of other boaters.  We established the safety zone for a short time to protect our fishermen, and pleasure boaters while assisting with the fire,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brian Garcia. “It was good to see the successful cooperative efforts between the Coast Guard and the local fire department”.

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