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Plasma torch suspected in fire aboard drydocked boat

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:11 p.m. HST, Jun 21, 2014

Sparks from a plasma torch are believed to have set off a fire that destroyed a 20-foot boat at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor on Saturday.

The fire was first reported at 10:42 a.m. Firefighters arrived within seven minutes and had the blaze under control by 11:24 a.m., according to Honolulu Fire Department spokesman Kevin Mokulehua.

The fire started while workers below deck were using a plasma torch to cut metal. Witnesses said the fire likely started when sparks from the torch ignited foam residue nearby.

The workers were able to exit the boat before the fire caused an onboard oxygen tank to explode. No injuries were reported.

Mokulehua said firefighters prevented the fire from igniting two compressed oxygen tanks located near the boat.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing. Damages have been estimated at between $250,000 and $300,000.

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false wrote:
the Boat was a 14 foot livingston. The crab nets and bamboo poles were a total loss.
on June 21,2014 | 01:28PM
kukunaokala wrote:
They heard Obama was going to close the fishing ground, no reason to finish boat as there is no where to fish. I guess we all can start to eat more chicken and meat as our Presidents want a legacy that started with Clinton. Sad
on June 21,2014 | 01:54PM
jomama wrote:
oxygen doesn't ignite
on June 21,2014 | 07:29PM
Kapena2001 wrote:
True! But it enables the flames to reach higher temperatures.
on June 22,2014 | 07:06AM
whoispang wrote:
250k 20 footer geez must of been obamas personal yacht
on June 21,2014 | 11:41PM
HanabataDays wrote:
You sure it wasn't the boat your uncle uses to fish for square grouper?
on June 22,2014 | 03:05AM
harley1 wrote:
poor reporting sa, on par. There are so many inaccuracies in this article - propane tanks were prevented from exploding, while you did get the part right on the oxygen tank. And no way this was a 20 foot boat - more like a 20 foot beam, but much longer.
on June 22,2014 | 06:12AM
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