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Vehicle Aboard Charleviox Ferry Catches Fire

CHARLEVOIX (WWJ) — The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Charlevoix and Boyne City Fire Department responded to a fire aboard a Charlevoix ferry Friday afternoon on Lake Charlevoix.

All passengers and crew were safely escorted off the vessel with no reported injuries. At around 3 p.m. Friday, Coast Guard officials got word of a vehicle on fire aboard the passenger vessel Charlevoix, a 50-foot four-car cable ferry, while the vessel was moored to the pier.

Crews from the Boyne City Fire Department arrived on scene, extinguished the fire and removed the vehicle. A Station Charlevoix crew, aboard a 45-foot response boat, diverted from nearby to assist.

Due to damage caused by the fire, the Charlevoix has been shut down for the weekend for further assessment of damage to ensure passenger safety.

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