Surveying the damage on ‘Deadliest Catch’ boat

We snapped some photos from the Ballard side of the water today of the fire damage aboard the Arctic Dawn, the crabbing vessel that burned in a three-alarm fire along the south side of the Ship Canal early this morning. Nearly 100 firefighters fought the blaze for over an hour.

Seattle Fire says the damage seems to be contained to the deck and the cabin, and not to the structure or engine room beneath. You can see the crabbing cages charred in the fire, and the Lady Kodiak alongside was blackened from the smoke — but did not sustain direct fire damage, according to Seattle Fire.

Fire crews installed a yellow boom along the bottom of the water, placed protectively just in case the vessel began to leak oil.

As we reported early this morning, the skipper told My Ballard that the Arctic Dawn was featured in the early seasons of Deadliest Catch, the popular Discovery Channel TV show.

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Ernie
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Ernie

“crabbing cages” = crab pots

Nobodysbizness
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Nobodysbizness

Umm… any true Ballard resident should know that those are “crab pots,” not “crabbing cages.”

ross
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ross

Can you ask the PIO what unit H317 from the dispatch is?

ltfd
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ltfd

“H317” (the rig’s city specific ID number) is the dispatch code listing for Hose 34, stationed at Station 34. The Seattle Fire Department has two Hose Wagons, each with approximately 3000′ of large diameter water supply hose (like a water main made of fire hose), a 275 gallon tank of firefighting foam, and assorted hardware. Hose 18 is at Station 18 (Ballard), and Hose 34 is at Station 34, south of the Arboretum.

Silver
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Silver

ltfd – thanks for the info! Great stuff!

Silver
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Silver

Thanks for following up on this story. I wonder what the heck burned so violently on the superstructure of the boat? I thought that superstructure was basically metal. Those flames looked like a petroleum fire!

great idea
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great idea

was this a purposely set fire for insurance purposes?

it looks kind of ‘fishy’

Somebody
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Somebody

The Lady Kodiak has a blown out pilot house window. A fire that hot would sustain some damage if you ask me.

Rae
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Rae

I am just so happy no one was hurt. My heart goes out to the owner and crew, but again no one was hurt. Hope they find the cause soon.

Unforgvnapd4ever
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Unforgvnapd4ever

crab pots not crab cages!

Gold
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Gold

The metal itself, if it contained aluminium or magnesium, would burn, not to mention anything made of plastic.

boatgeek
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boatgeek

The interior of the house is probably built of plywood and 2x4s, all nice and dry right now. If it had it had flammable foam insulation, that stuff burns like crazy from the smallest spark. It looks to me that the damage to the front of the house is heat from stuff burning inside, but I’m no expert.

BallardBeauty
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BallardBeauty

Nobody cares about some dumb boat!

ltfd
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ltfd

What about the owner(s), those who work on the vessel and earn a living there, the insurers, the people who watched “Deadliest Catch”, the Fire Department members who worked to extinguish the fire and prevent its spread to the adjacent vessel, interested community members, etc.?

Jholger_nygaard
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Jholger_nygaard

Not many true Ballardites left any more.

Tda
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Tda

Maybe you should get the facts straight and let them do there job before you come to some conclusion it was intentional. For your information i highly doubt that the two peopke that lived on there along with everything they owned would do that.

LaVonne
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LaVonne

WE HEARD ABOUT THIS ON THE CONMAN RADIO SHOW, THEN WE HEARD NOTHING ABOUT WHO’S BOAT IT WAS. THANKS FOR THE PICS AND ARTICLE.

Water Damage Ft Lauderdale
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Thanks very much for this wonderful blog;this is the kind of thing that keeps me going through the day.

Censor48
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Censor48

glad she burned at the dock and not while underway at sea.

KimberlyFarrar
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KimberlyFarrar

as one of the Builders of that vessal i can tell you it was made of just steel no Aluminum ,it had very nice wood work in side no 2x4s but yes it had lots of urethane foam insulation , i bet it had lots of crab bouy’s stacked against the house and with lots of layers of poly paint with burning plastic’s would burn very hot .

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