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Large fishing vessel fire response in New Jersey
Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Leesburg Fire department Cumberland County was dispatched for a vessel fire at the Dorchester Ship yard.  Multiple agencies from Cumberland and Cape May counties responded.  The vessel was actually in dry dock and well envolved when emergency crews arrived.

The ship yard is approximately seven mile from the mouth of the Maurice River.

54 Marine 1 was requested to assist late in the incident with a travel time across the Delaware River ranging between 45 minutes to an hour depending on the conditions.  54 Marine 1 launched with a crew of 5 and 54 Maine 3 also responded with a crew of four, after being towed from the station and launched at the Little River boat ramp.  

From Cumberland County dispatch

NJ | Cumberland County | Maurice River Township ( Leesburg Section ) | 13 Front ST ( Dorchester Ship Yard ) | Working Commercial Structure Fire | Command On Location With A Working Fire In A Large Boat Stoarge Building | Tanker Task Force Requested | M/A Units From Cape May County Will Be Station 18 ( Denis ) Station 22 ( Belleplain ) Station 17 ( Ocean View ) And Station 74 ( Goshen ) Per Command Requesting Tender 21-11 On A Cover To Station 17
Update 15:53 | Per Command All Incoming M/A To Stage At The Wawa On RT 347 | County Fire Coordinators Requested |
Update 15:55 | Command Requesting Special Call For The Cumberland County And Cape May County Technical Rescue Team Due To The In Side Of The Ship Is Considered Confined Space?? |
Update 15:56 | Per Command Requesting Station 87 ( Cumberland County Fire Police ) To Shut Front ST And Main ST Down To All Traffic |
Update 16:17 | Per Command Reporting Large Boat On Fire On The Dry Dock Area | No Fire Extension To The Buildings |

Even after the both Little Creek's vessel arrived there was still smoke showing.  

Both vessels where in service 3 hours.


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