Freighter Fire Now Extinguished

A fire that started as a result of an explosion on the docked freighter, Mississagi Wednesday night has been extinguished says a representative from the Canadian Coast Guard .

The freighter that has been docked at the Purvis Marine property near Algoma Steel since 2021 experienced an explosion at around 6pm Wednesday that shock near by residences on both sides of the St. Mary’s river. Smoke was seen from the vessel on the Michigan side. No one was hurt in the explosion or fire.

Samantha Di Lorenzo from the Canadian Coast Guard reports no sign of marine pollution.

The explosion was caused by workers cutting into a bunker fuel tank.

Sault Fire Services responded to the fire along with the Canadian Coast Guard. It was decided to let the fire burn out to reduce risk of fuel ending up in the river.

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  • Craig Huckerby

    Craig Huckerby is a seasoned broadcast and media professional with over 43 years in local media. Starting in television, Craig became known as "the weather guy" on local television before pioneering internet media in the Sault. Craig is credited for bringing local television back to the Sault via the internet in 2003 with LTVNEWS.COM and was instrumental in launching SooNews.ca and Local2.ca. Craig has also won numerous International Film awards for director of the documentary, "Was I Next?, The Sean Cribbin Story"

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