Response to the Kodiak Enterprise fire in Tacoma continues

Firefighting and salvage crews continue their response to the fire aboard the Kodiak Enterprise fishing vessel in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway.

Crews are currently accessing interior spaces to extinguish hot spots and check for standing water, officials said.

Over the coming days, emergency crews will ensure the ship is safely boarded for investigators and salvage operations can continue, including removing the reported 55,000 gallons of diesel on board. The Coast Guard and NTSB will conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire.

The fire on the Kodiak Enterprise began early Saturday morning when the ship was docked at Trident Seafoods on the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma, Washington. The fire appears to have started in the forward portion of the 276-foot vessel and later spread throughout the ship, prompting fears of damage to the ship’s freon tanks.

Although the smoke has cleared from the ship, aerial surveillance continued as a precaution. The particulate matter levels at the site of the incident and in the surrounding neighborhoods are not worrying.

Drainage work is underway to improve stability while firefighters continue to apply water to the ship’s exterior to cool the hull.

The ship is currently surrounded by three layers of safety boom and responders and equipment are deployed and ready to respond if pollution is observed in the waterway. Vessels may request to pass through the security zone established on the Hylebos Waterway and commercial traffic should contact Seattle Traffic on VHF-14.

Unified Command for the incident is composed of multiple agencies, including the Tacoma Fire Department, US Coast Guard, Washington Department of Environmental Protection, Trident Seafoods and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, with support from several other agencies.

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