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  • Quick Action Tames Blaze on Board CCGS Sir Wilfred Grenfell

    There were no injuries and only minor damage after a fire broke out on board the Canadian Coast Guard’s Vessel, the Sir Wilfred Grenfell.

    St. John’s Regional Fire Department deputy chief Don Byrne says crews located a fire on the main deck of the ship, which is currently undergoing repair work.

    He says the ship was already evacuated when they arrived and he commends the work done by the Coast Guard fire crew for their extinguishing efforts.

    Byrne says the Coast Guard team was able to tackle the blaze very quickly which helped to minimize damage and the Fire Department help to knock down hot spots.

    Byrne says ship fires can be very serious, and pose a threat to firefighters.

    Byrne says if the fire had occurred below deck, it would have been in a confined space. He says that would have made the incident far more dangerous, in terms of firefighting.

    He thanked first responders including Eastern Health, the RNC and the Canadian Coast Guard for an what he called an outstanding combined effort.

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