Fire razes vessels at Navotas fish port, Philippines

Photo: Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard, the Philippine Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), and some Good Samaritan vessels responded to an incident wherein two fishing vessels caught fire at Metro Manila’s Navotas Fish Port Complex on Monday, March 1.

Eyewitnesses said the incident began shortly before 17:30 local time when a blaze ignited on a vessel that was berthed at the port’s pier five.

The fire then quickly spread to a nearby berthed vessel.

The coast guard deployed the multi-role response vessel BRP Sindangan and the fast patrol boat BRP Panglao to the area to render assistance to BFP personnel. Five civilian tugs also arrived on-scene to aid in the firefighting effort.

The coast guard said the fire was finally extinguished by 00:58 on Tuesday, March 2. No injuries have been reported.

Inspections are ongoing to determine whether any oil had spilled as a result of the incident.

The damaged vessels have been identified as Buena Suerte J-56 and Buena Suerte Resia, both owned by local company BSJ Fishing and Trading.

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