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Officials checks for spill following barge fire

Wednesday, February 03, 2010
Firefighters put out a fire that damaged a barge Tuesday evening and may have caused a hazardous spill in the Bay.

Firefighters put out a fire that damaged a barge Tuesday evening and may have caused a hazardous spill in the Bay north of Pittsburg, a dispatcher with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District said.

Crews responded to reports of fire on a barge located in the water off of McAvoy Road at around 5:30 p.m., the dispatcher said. The fire was declared under control at around 6:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

The possibility that fuel spilled from the barge into the Bay during the fire will send hazardous materials teams to monitor the area some time today, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

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