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Norwalk Firefighters Battle Small Blaze Aboard Oyster Boat

The fire is reported on a 42-foot oyster boat called The Vigilant at Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Company in East Norwalk.
The fire is reported on a 42-foot oyster boat called The Vigilant at Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Company in East Norwalk. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
Norwalk firefighters arrive at the blaze aboard the department's fireboat.
Norwalk firefighters arrive at the blaze aboard the department's fireboat. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
The fire is below deck and under the wheelhouse of the Norwalk oyster boat.
The fire is below deck and under the wheelhouse of the Norwalk oyster boat. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
The boat remains at its East Norwalk dock throughout the incident.
The boat remains at its East Norwalk dock throughout the incident. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department
The 42-foot Vigilant belongs to Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Co. in East Norwalk.
The 42-foot Vigilant belongs to Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Co. in East Norwalk. Photo Credit: Norwalk Fire Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- A total of 25 firefighters responded to a small blaze aboard an oyster boat docked Friday at Norm Bloom & Son Oyster Co. in East Norwalk, fire officials said.

Employees at the oyster company reported the fire aboard a 42-foot oyster boat. The Vigilant, at 3:44 p.m., said Deputy Fire Chief Edward Prescott.

When firefighters responded to 7 Edgewater Place, the oyster boat was docked and employees were dumping water into its wheel house to battle the blaze, Prescott said.

The blaze was still smoldering below deck and under the wheel house as firefighters boarded the vessel from the dock, he said. Firefighters disconnected the boat's batteries and extinguished some hot spots to ensure the blaze was completely out, Prescott said.

The boat remained afloat and tied to the dock during the incident. No injuries were reported among employees or firefighters.

Twenty-one firefighters responded to the scene by land and four firefighters responded aboard the department's fireboat, Prescott said.

The Fire Marshal’s Division was investigating the cause of the blaze. The Coast Guard will send a representative to the scene as well.