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Fire Hits Cargo Ship In Santa Barbara Channel

(KCLU photo)
A ship passing through the Channel Islands was hit by fire Wednesday morning.

Tugs Being Used To Move Damaged Ship To Port

It’s been a long day for the crew of a more than 900 foot long cargo passing through the Santa Barbara Channel, after the vessel was hit by an early morning fire.

The Coast Guard reported getting a call from the U.S. Container Ship General Eisenhower just after three Wednesday morning about an onboard blaze. Officials say an onboard fire control system put out the fire, so no Coast Guard assistance was needed. No injuries were reported.

But, the ship apparently lost engine room power. At one point, there was concern the ship might drift towards oil platforms. But, Coast Guard officials say the current moved it in another direction.

Two tugboats are being used to move the disabled vessel to port for repairs.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.