On Monday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard’s 5th District documented operating with local fire agencies to acknowledge a barge fire off Bombay Hook Point in Delaware.
The Sector Delaware Bay Command Centre accepted a call at about 115 hours publishing an unmanned barge on fire in the Delaware River. The 300-foot barge, noticeable from photos as the deck barge CMT Y NOT 6, was hauling discarded household equipment and other metal trash.
Officials said that no one was harmed when this fire broke out on a 300-foot barge in the Delaware Bay early Monday.
The fire initiated around 1 a.m. near Bombay Hook Point, Delaware, on an unmanned barge, hauling household equipment and scrap metal, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The fire was noticeable from New Jersey.
Officials said that six fireboats from local fire companies brought down the blaze with the assistance of a Coast Guard 29-foot response boat.
“The cause of the fire remains under inquiry though there is no evidence that the event polluted the bay,” the Coast Guard said.
“Our highest priority is ensuring the safety of firefighters and response personnel on scene,” said Capt. Jonathan Theel, who serves as sector Delaware Bay captain of the port. “We will also work to mitigate any environmental threats and protect the flow of commerce within this vital port.”
“Boaters should avoid the area, “officials said.