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UPDATE: Car carrier at Port of Jacksonville still burning. Firefighters will not try to reenter it

PHOTO: Sky4 News

PortandTerminal.com, June 5, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Crews are still battling a fire that broke out on the car carrier Hoegh Xiamen at the Port of Jacksonville, Florida on Thursday at about 1600 hours on its seventh deck.

After eight firefighters were hurt yesterday in an explosion on the car carrier the decision was taken to not reenter the vessel. At this point, firefighters are keeping the hull cool to maintain the integrity of the hull.

The Coast Guard is now on-site and is installing a boom around the ship to try and contain any oil that may leak from the burning vessel. A 500-yard safety zone was quickly established around the ship yesterday after the fire broke out.

It is believed that the fire may end up burning for days.

Eight firefighters were hurt in yesterday’s explosion. Four of them are being treated for burns and injuries after being taken to the UF Health Shands Burn Center in Gainesville. The others are being treated at UF Health Jacksonville, one in surgery at 10 p.m. and another in intensive care.

Car carrier docked. Wind turbines in background
FILE PHOTO: The Hoegh Xiamen is owned by Hoegh Autoliners, a Norwegian shipping lines that specializes in RoRo vessels (car carriers)

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