Toxic smoke, heavy flames swallow up fishing vessel in Grand Bank

They did everything they could, but firefighters in Grand Bank couldn’t keep the Marcel Angie II above water on Tuesday. The fire started on board the vessel, tied up on a new section of the town’s wharf, just before 10 a.m. Fire Chief Tony Snook said the crew spent the morning fighting the fire on board the boat, but had to pull back due to the chemical smoke coming from melting fibreglass. “The toxic smoke was getting intense and I was losing visibility of some of the firefighters on deck, so we pulled them off for safety reasons and began to fight the fire on shore,” Snook told CBC News. The boat is from St. Pierre but has fished between Grand Bank and Fortune for at least 17 years, Snook said. >click to read<20:24

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