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...

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