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F/V Explosion in Valdez

The commercial fishing vessel Fireman exploded this evening in the Valdez harbor adjacent to the Best Western hotel, the U.S. Coast Guard reports.

A crewman aboard was able to walk off the vessel after the blast and was transported by ambulance to hospital, the Coast Guard says.

Emergency responders “found the Fireman afloat with the majority of its wheelhouse torn apart by the explosion.”

The explosion happened around 7:55 p.m. and the cause is under investigation, the Coast Guard says.

State records show the 35-foot Fireman belongs to Thomas S. Lopez. His address is listed as a postal box in Valdez.

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