Beaufort Fire Chief Tony Ray told the News-Times Wednesday morning there were two civilians aboard the shrimp trawler, which was docked, when the boat caught fire around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.
One of the occupants was transported to the hospital and released, the chief said.
“There were 10 agencies, 50 emergency personnel (out there),” Chief Ray said.
It took crews four to five hours to get the blaze down, and crews were still on scene Wednesday morning. The chief cited the wooden material of the boat, fuel and other conditions amongst the challenges emergency crews faced.
No other boats or structures were involved.
Fire boats from Morehead City and Beaufort were engaged in the operations, along with personnel from the Beaufort Fire Department, the Beaufort EMS Department, the Morehead City Fire and EMS Department, Otway Fire and Rescue, the North River Volunteer Fire Department, the Mill Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Atlantic Beach Fire Department, the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, the Office of the Carteret County Fire Marshal and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
Chief Ray said the fire marshal is investigating the incident.