The solace of empty places and open spaces…
It was several hours after the ship caught fire at the marina off NW 22nd Ave and 14th street. Residents nearby admitted they were a little startled by it all.
“So I came out and I saw the vessel fuming with smoke,” said resident Bill Rodriguez. “The whole neighborhood was full of dark smoke.”
“It was a lot of smoke and the winds obviously carried it in directions toward the resident. The rain definitely didn’t help us at all so we were battling the weather conditions as well as the challenges of trying to get in and see exactly where we were going inside the ship,” said Miami Fire Capt. Ignatius Carroll.
But firefighters didn’t stay inside the ship long. The steel of the ship was so hot, it started to melt some of the boots on the the firefighters so they had to quickly retreat and start attacking the fire from the outside.
Fire investigators believe the fire started while some welding work was being done on the ship.
Fortunately, no one was injured but the damage appeared extensive.
Their battle with the blaze proved to be a delicate balancing act between fighting the flames and making sure to remove water which was accumulating on the ship, making sure the vessel didn’t start to sink.