- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska state ferry was evacuated after crew members saw black smoke in a room.

State transportation officials say the crew of the Columbia spotted the smoke in the bow thruster room after the vessel docked Friday in Bellingham, Washington.

Crew members did not see flames.

The crew deployed a carbon dioxide firefighting system.

Ferry officials say no one was injured and all passengers were accounted for.



They said passengers would be notified if the Columbia’s schedule would have to be modified.

The Columbia at 418 feet (127 meters) long is the largest vessel in the Alaska ferry fleet.

The ferry website says it’s designed to carry 499 passengers and has vehicle capacity of 2,660 feet (811 meters), equal to about 133 20-foot (6.1-meter) vehicles.

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