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Fishing vessel catches fire at Providence scrap yard

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The fire was on board a docked, 70-foot fishing vessel called the Sea Angel. The fire was on board a docked, 70-foot fishing vessel called the Sea Angel.
The fishing vessel Sea Angel caught fire near the Port of Providence on Monday, June 23, 2014. The fishing vessel Sea Angel caught fire near the Port of Providence on Monday, June 23, 2014.
PROVIDENCE -

A fire damaged a boat at the Sims Metal Management scrap recycling yard in Providence on Monday.

Firefighters were called to a report of an intense fire on the 70-foot fishing vessel Sea Angel out of New York shortly after 11 a.m.

The boat was at the metal yard for below deck repairs. Providence fire officials told NBC 10 the fire was caused by welding work.

It took firefighters about 40 minutes to get the fire under control. Sims was temporarily closed and no one was allowed into the yard as crews tried to contain the flames.

The fire department said the yard was later reopened Monday afternoon.

The fishing vessel caught fire minutes after firefighters were called to a smaller fire on a larger ship.

The other fire took place on a bulk carrier from Hong Kong called the Jia Hui Shan. Firefighters said the ship's scrap metal cargo caught fire, but the crew was able to extinguish the flames before firefighters arrived.

No injuries were reported in either fire. Both fires were considered accidental.

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