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Commercial boat fires make local headlines

Three separate fires aboard commercial fishing boat, spread over three corners of the country, made for powerful imagery for local news reports.

• Crews in Tarpon Springs, Fla., are looking at the long-term impact of a major three-alarm shrimp boat fire that affected another boat and led to thousands of gallons of oil being spilled near the sponge docks.

The 80-foot boat vessel, Skye Marie, was valued at $150,000 and was the livelihood of the boat owner Sue Harris, who told Action News the boat was not insured.

Click here for that report.

• Two crewmembers of the 36-foot lobster boat Miss Ellie escaped safely after the boat caught fire off the coast of Wells, Maine, just before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The flames quickly engulfed the boat, which was four miles north of Boon Island Light, and the crew donned survival suits and climbed into a life raft, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

Click here for a report by The Press Herald.

• On the West Coast, investigators are blaming a welding accident for sparking a Tuesday evening fire aboard a 100-foot fishing boat near Seattle's Fisherman's Terminal.

A crewmember was using a welding torch below deck near the ship's stern when he accidentally ignited a fuel line just after 6 p.m., according to Kyle Moore of the Seattle Fire Department.

Click here for a report by KOMO News.