Smoke and flames pour from the fishing vessel Ancora Praia at Macmillan Wharf in Ptown.
PROVINCETOWN - Fire heavily damaged one of the last remaining wooden fishing trawlers in Provincetown Friday morning. The Harbormaster noticed the smoke coming fr0m the cabin and called in the alarm about 8:35 AM. Firefighters arrived to find the scene above. Everyone made it off the vessel okay. It was a difficult fire taking about two hours to get under control as tremendous heat built up below decks and fire extended along the railing of the ship. Four firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion all are expected to be fine.
U. S. Coast Guard vessels and personnel were also on scene assisting. They also deployed booms to contain any pollution. A pump kept the vessel afloat.
Fire investigators believe workers using a torch to make repairs on the boat may have accidentally sparked the blaze. A mutual aid engine from Truro covered the Provincetown station.
Photos by Tim Caldwell.