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Chi Cheemaun (Ferry) Boiler Fire
TBay Fire Platoon Chief

Chi Cheemaun (Ferry) Boiler Fire

at Heddle shipyard

THUNDER BAY, SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO  MarCH 13, 2022 (LSNews)  Chi-Cheemaun  car ferry was at the Heddle shipyard where the 111-metre vessel was undergoing winter maintenance

According to Platoon Chief,  John Russak At approximately 02:20 am TBFR crew were called to 201 Shipyard Rd. for a fire inside a ship.  The first arriving unit encountered some light smoke upon entry to the ship and a second alarm was initiated bring 5 Pumpers to the scene.  The fire was found to be in the boiler room deep in the bowels of the ship.  The initial fire attack was done by staff on board the ship who managed to knock down the fire to great degree.   Fire crews after some time were able to bring the fire under control using CO2 fire extinguishers and totally extinguish the blaze.

The boiler room received extensive damage to one of the ships boilers and electrical system. All fire damage was held to the room of origin with very light smoke in other areas of the ship which was cleared by the ships ventilation system.

At the end of the 2021 the sailing season the ended last fall the Chi-Cheemaun car ferry came to the Port of Thunder Bay to undergo scheduled maintenance and its five-year hull marine survey in the dry dock.

The Chi-Cheemaun is a ferry that sails Lake Huron between South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island and Tobermory on the Bruce Peninsula. The service starts in early May and runs until mid-October.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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