NTSB: Ferry fire likely caused by welding crew
ANCHORAGE (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says a fire on an Alaska ferry in Ketchikan for repairs likely was caused by hot materials left behind by a work crew that broke for lunch.
The fire Feb. 7, 2012, caused damage estimated between $500,000 and $750,000 to the Malaspina (mal-ah-SPEE'-nah) at Alaska Ship and Drydock.
The Coast Guard investigated the fire.
The fire began just before noon in the sewage treatment room below a crew member stateroom where a work crew was repairing a ventilation duct.
Investigators determined that workers used a welding curtain designed to...