Coast Guard responds to vessel fire in Tarpon Basin near Key Largo

A fire burns on a house boat in Tarpon Basin near Key Largo, Florida, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. There were no reported people aboard the vessel and no reported injuries. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Islamorada

 U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Islamorada

MIAMI — The Coast Guard, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission responded to a vessel fire Thursday in Tarpon Basin in Key Largo.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West Command Center received a call from Coast Guard Station Islamorada at approximately 6 a.m. stating they received a report of a vessel fire in Tarpon Basin. The station self-launched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft—Law Enforcement boatcrew to respond.

The station SPC—LE crew arrived on scene and assisted in putting out the fire on a 50-foot houseboat using the wash from their propellers.

“Once on scene, we got together with our partner agencies to help establish a safety zone to keep other vessel traffic out of harm’s way,” said Petty Officer 1st Class John Fleming, operations petty officer, Station Islamorada. “We also monitored the fire due to the close proximity to the mangroves and its potential for impacting the environment.”

There were no reported people aboard and no reported injuries.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to keep aware of fire hazards and stay prepared with functioning smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, portable fire extinguishers or on board fire extinguishing systems.

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