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Four people sent to hospital after fire at Bay Shipbuilding

Photo Courtesy of Jacob Francis
Photo Courtesy of Jacob Francis
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UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. December 12

Smoke inhalation and dehydration sent two firefighters and two Bay Shipbuilding employees to the hospital.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Tim Dietman, all four people were released and are ok.

Firefighters cleared Bay Shipbuilding around 1:20 a.m. this morning.

The 73 year old ship, Alpena, suffered extensive damage to the electrical control room, a storage room, dining galley, and two or three bedrooms. The damaged areas are a total loss.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


STURGEON BAY - Sturgeon Bay firefighters plan to be on scene overnight of ship that started on fire Friday at about 6 p.m.

The fire was on a ship docked at Bay Shipbuilding.

Firefighters from all over Door County made their way to Sturgeon Bay when the fire broke out on the 520-foot-long cargo ship.

"It's hot in there," said Chief Tim Herlache of the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department. "It's a steel boat. It's like an oven when there is a fire."

The ship is called the Alpena.

No one was hurt in the fire, however, Chief Herlache says it's crew and some Bay Shipbuilding workers were on board when the fire started.

A cause isn't known, but it's believed to have started three decks down on the ship, a level above the engine room.

"Dining area was in that, the cafeteria was in that area and some staterooms were in that end of the ship as well, so those areas are all heavily damaged," said Herlache.

The Alpena was dry docked for routine maintenance and it's five year inspection.

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The ship was built in 1942. It carries cement on all five of the Great Lakes.

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