Portsmouth Fire Department responds to container crane fire

Posted at 8:27 AM, Jan 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-12 11:06:21-05

(Portsmouth Fire Department)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Portsmouth Fire Department responded to a container crane fire at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal in the 400 block of Lee Avenue Saturday morning.

According to officials, the call came in at 7:35 a.m. As crews were en route to the scene, they reported a large plume of smoke that could be seen from a distance.

When crews arrived, they reported a working, elevated fire located within the crane’s diesel engine compartment. Firefighters had to use the river as a water source, and stretched their hose line nearly 150 feet in the air.

The fire was declared under control at 9:15 a.m. Crews from the Chesapeake Fire Department Foam Team and Rehab Unit and the Virginia Port Authority Maritime Incident Response Team, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard, the Chesapeake Fire Department and Norfolk Fire and Rescue, also assisted.

Fire officials confirm that there are no injuries.

The fire’s cause remains under investigation.

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