Bridge barge catches fire in Delaware River
On Monday morning, the US Coast Guard 5th District reported that it was working with local fire departments to respond to a barge fire off Bombay Hook Point, Delaware.
Watchmen at the Delaware Bay Sector Command Center received a call around 1:15 a.m. reporting an unmanned barge on fire in the Delaware River. The 300-foot barge, identifiable in the photos as the bridge barge CMT Y NO 6transported discarded household appliances and other scrap metal.
Courtesy Memorial Fire Company
A Coast Guard patrol boat and six fire boats from local fire departments rushed to the scene to fight the blaze. No injuries were reported and there were no signs of pollution, according to the Coast Guard. Photos from the scene appeared to show the scrap heap continued to burn after daybreak and firefighting efforts continued.
“Our top priority is to ensure the safety of firefighters and response personnel on scene,” said Captain Jonathan Theel, captain of the Delaware Bay sector of the port. “We will also work to mitigate environmental threats and protect the flow of trade through this vital port.”
Marine traffic is asked to stay clear of the incident area.