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Firefighters spend five hours putting out fire on 56-foot shrimp trawler

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Published: Dec. 18, 2019 at 8:19 AM EST
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It took firefighters from 12 different agencies about five hours to put out a fire on a 56-foot shrimp trawler on Tuesday evening.

According to the Beaufort Fire Department, the fire started at around 5:45 p.m. on Core Creek Road.

The Melissa Ann II, built in 1987, was a total loss.

County Fire Marshal Eddie Lewis says two people were onboard. Captain Phillip Willis was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation while another crewmember was unhurt.

Lewis says the two were trying to fix a hydraulic motor when it started smoking and caught fire.

The boat started to sink and tip from all the added water which Lewis said made fighting the fire more difficult.

There was no insurance on the trawler, according to the fire marshal.