Nearly 100 Seattle firefighters responded to a three-alarm ship fire this morning aboard the fishing vessel Artic Dawn which was docked in the Ship Canal in the 1300 block of West Nickerson Street. The call came in just before 2 a.m. and when firefighters arrived on the scene there was heavy smoke and flames shooting from the 100 foot fishing vessel. One person who had been on the boat was able to get off safely on his own and there were no injuries.
Firefighters attacked the fire from both land and water, utilizing extensive hose lines to pump water to the fire from the land side. Engine 1, a Seattle fireboat and Patrol 4, a Seattle Police boat both assisted with efforts from the water side. Firefighters got water on the fire quickly and protected the Kodiak, an adjacent vessel that was threatened by the fire. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the Artic Dawn and it appears that most of the fire damage occurred on the super structure of the vessel but did not spread below the deck of the boat.
Fire Investigators are on the scene and will work to determine a cause and damage estimate. Biodegradable firefighting foam was used in the firefighting effort and there was foam in the water around the vessel. Firefighters were working with representatives from the State Department of Ecology and the Coast Guard to monitor for any potential environmental hazards. There was no oil leaking from the vessel. Several fire units will remain on the scene through the morning on fire watch.