A fire Monday night in Saint Paul Harbor downtown heavily damaged a 30-foot wooden
fishing boat. The stove inside the fishing vessel Mo-Ann apparently caused the
fire around 10:30 p.m. Harbormaster office records indicate the Mo-Ann is owned
by Ken Murphy.
to Kodiak Fire Department Firefighter Frank Dorner, bystanders did a good job
keeping the fire from spreading.
-- (Mo Ann 1 39 sec "It
was a small, 30-foot ... which was a great help."
fire engines and other emergency vehicles responded to the call. Dorner said
boat fires in harbors can be especially dangerous, given the proximity of boats
to each other.
-- (Mo Ann 2 23 sec "You
know, the amount of fuel ... in case it was needed.")
the harbor is equipped with a standpipe, which allows the fire trucks to pump
water from the street.
-- (Mo Ann 3 24 sec "When
we arrived on scene ... whole lot of water on the boat.")
are also equipped with pumps that can draw directly from seawater if the
standpipe grid fails for some reason.
the harbor patrol boat responded with a de-watering pump to keep the Mo Ann
from sinking while the fire was being put out.
He said he
estimates that 60- to 70-percent of the cabin of the Mo Ann was destroyed by
the fire, but the engine room and hull suffered little if any damage.
The Mo Ann
is the former fishing vessel Sarah Bess, which spent years tied up at the
transient boat dock in the channel. A picture of it ran with the "Scuttlebutt"
column in Friday's Kodiak Daily Mirror.