Coast Guard monitoring and investigating generator fire on freighter

SAULT STE MARIE, Michigan — The Coast Guard receieved a report of a generator fire aboard the Motor Vessel Paul R. Tregurtha, a 1,013 foot bulk carrier freighter, at 4:20 a.m. Monday.

The vessel master reported the fire extinguished at 5:30 a.m. and stated that there were no injuries or pollution, and all 23 crewmembers are accounted for. The ship is carrying 68,200 tons of coal, 124,000 gallons of fuel, and 88,000 gallons of caustic soda.

The Coast Guard has dispatched resources to monitor the situation and to conduct a Marine Casualty Investigation into the cause of the incident.

The motor vessel Paul R. Tregurtha is anchored near Point Iroquois, in Whitefish Bay.

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