U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel were inspecting a fishing boat at Pier 16 today when a neglected stove apparently caught fire, leading to a spectacular blaze.
As of 2:11 p.m., the fire aboard the St. Peter is reportedly extinguished “and the vessel appears to be stable,” according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
During their inspection, U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel “asked the crew to muster on the pier when a stove burner was reportedly left on in the galley, presumably causing the fire,” the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard received a report from Harbor Patrol at 1:30 p.m. that the St. Peter commercial fishing vessel was on fire at Pier 16.
Honolulu Fire Department extinguished the fire while the crew of the Tug Freedom assisted, according to the Coast Guard.
The St. Peter has a maximum capacity of 8,000 gallons of diesel, 50 gallons of lube oil and three marine batteries, according to the Coast Guard, which said there were no reports of pollution or injuries.