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Fire reported on USCG heavy icebreaker north of Antarctica

28 February 2019

A fire broke out on the US Coast Guard (USCG) heavy icebreaker cutter Polar Star in early February, USCG officials reported on 28 February.

The fire damaged the ship's incinerator room on 10 February as the ship was at sea about 650 miles (1,046 km) north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

Firefighters from the 150-member crew extinguished the blaze after nearly a two-hour battle, the USCG reported.

The incinerator housing suffered damage, and several electrical systems and insulation in the room suffered damage from firefighting water used to cool the exhaust pipe.

The USCG will repair the damage during Polar Star 's upcoming maintenance period.

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