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Tug boat catches fire in Norfolk shipyard’s dry dock

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Posted at 6:48 AM, Jun 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-18 06:48:08-04

Norfolk, Va. - A tug boat in dry dock caught fire early this morning at Colonna's Shipyard in Norfolk.

Firefighters say the fire was aggressive and their job was complicated by the fact that the ship was in dry dock, forcing them to run about 1,000 feet of hose to the nearest fire hydrant to find water.

Fire officials say the blaze started in the ship's galley after contractors were doing work with a cutting torch.

Crewmembers aboard the Moorehead City-based ocean-going tug tried to put out the fire, but were forced back by heavy smoke.

The fire was brought under control at 2am. No one was hurt, and there is no work on the amount of damage yet.