Barge in Crockett Set on Fire

A fire on a barge in Crockett sent flames and plumes of smoke into the air this evening.

Sunday, Apr 29, 2012  |  Updated 9:56 PM PDT
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Barge in Crockett Set on Fire

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A fire on a barge in Crockett sent flames and plumes of smoke into the air this evening.

The fire was first reported shortly before 7 p.m., when a barge near the Crockett Marina at 501 Port St. became engulfed in flames, according to Crockett-Carquinez Fire Department Capt. Doug Botta.

The first arriving engine company found flames shooting 10-15 feet into the air and plumes of smoke. Firefighters were not able to get on the barge, but were able to get water on to it from a neighboring barge, and from a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District fire boat.

The fire was contained within about half an hour, with no injuries, but the barge itself was a complete loss, Botta said.

Fire investigators learned that two marina employees had been grinding a metal object on the barge, and their work had sent sparks into an unused bait shop building on the barge. The employees were unable to put the fire out themselves.

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