PORTSMOUTH-- The Coast Guard and Portsmouth Fire Department responded to a report of a fire aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bear Thursday afternoon.

Officials said it took about an hour to put out the fire, which they say was contained to the damage control shop.

Commanding Officer David Ramassini, Captain of the US Coast Guard Cutter Bear, said, 'It looks like the source of the fire was an accetline tank or a line attached to that tank. We are still investigating.'

Capt. Ramassini said the damage was minimal.

'I was on the pier when the fire started and personally observed the rapid response of Portsmouth emergency services,' said Cmdr. James 'Brett' Millican, the executive officer of Base Portsmouth. 'I appreciate their professionalism and support for the Coast Guard.'

Officials confirm that nobody was injured aboard the cutter, which is moored at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth.

The Bear is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth. The crew returned from a two-month counterdrug patrol in the Caribbean Sea in December.

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