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Fire destroys equipment at Port of Victoria

By Sonny Long
Jan. 11, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2013 at 7:12 p.m.


Fire destroyed a hydraulic man-lift Thursday night at the Port of Victoria.

No buildings or other materials were threatened by the blaze, Victoria Fire Department Battalion Chief Roger Hempel said Friday.

Victoria Fire Department personnel responded at 9:50 p.m. to a report of construction equipment on fire at the port, 1934 Farm-to-Market Road 1432.

"When we arrived, the motorized man-lift was fully involved in flames," Hempel said.

A 500-gallon diesel tank nearby was never threatened, Hempel said.

"We shut down the truck docking area for about 45 minutes," Hempel said. "There were no injuries."

Firefighters were at the scene for about two hours.

Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray said the cause of the fire was electrical.

"There was some electrical component failure in the fuse box that started the fire that spread to the rest of the machine," Pray said.

All safety measures at the port functioned as expected, with operations ceasing and being given the all clear to resume within 90 minutes, according to a news release issued by Port of Victoria officials.

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