- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CRAIG, Alaska (AP) - A fire in a Southern Alaska harbor has left two fishing vessels destroyed and a third heavily damaged.

The Craig fire department and volunteers contained the fire Sunday morning, the Daily Sitka Sentinel reported (https://bit.ly/2qRNaH8 ).

The cause of the fire is not yet known, the Coast Guard said. No injuries have been reported.

The destroyed boats have lengths of 57 feet (17 meters) and 56 feet. The damaged boat is 49 feet (15 meters) long.

The dock between two of the vessels has been burned and some other boats received minor damage, a harbor employee said.

Craig Harbor Master Hans Hjort said he could see 10-foot (3-meter) high flames when he arrived. Volunteers helped firefighters extinguish the blaze as fast as possible, he said.

One volunteer with an ATV saved firefighters some time by running the hoses out to the boats, and another vessel with a pump pulled up alongside the fire and started spraying water.

“There were lots of community volunteers pitching in on whatever was needed,” Hjort said. “Everyone was trying to help out as much as they could.”

The Coast Guard was notified of the blaze at 3:30 a.m. It took about 90 minutes to two hours for the firefighters and volunteers to knock down the fire completely, Hjort said.

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Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel, https://www.sitkasentinel.com/

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