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Norfolk Fire Department fights tugboat fire at Colonna's Shipyard

Apart from usual responders, fire boat units were also working to put out the fire.

NORFOLK, Va. — Teams fought a fire below deck on a 100-foot tugboat at Colonna's Shipyard in Norfolk Friday night.

The fire broke out sometime around 9:20, and Norfolk and Chesapeake fire department teams declared the fire under control at midnight.

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Dispatch said apart from usual responders, there were also fire boat units working to put out the fire.

Stephanie Ramsey, a spokeswoman for the Norfolk Fire Department, said teams were using foam to try to get the fire under control. She said in her initial statement that firefighting efforts would continue "a while due to access issues."

They said they were also challenged by "long hose lays and access to the fire."

Ramsey said nobody had been reported hurt in the fire.

The shipyard is on East Indian River Road, backing onto the Elizabeth River.

Late Friday night, there was no word about the possible cause of the fire.

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