At least seven boats were destroyed by fire in Yanpu fishing port in Donggang Township, Pingtung County yesterday, including five large ocean going long-liners.
The fire started on a tuna fishing boat undergoing repairs in the port at around 4:00 pm, and in windy conditions, the fire quickly spread to other vessels.
Electrical wires are suspected to be the cause of the fire, according to a report in Liberty Times.
A pall of thick, black smoke could be seen as far away as Kaohsiung City.
Sixteen fire appliances, 29 firefighters, and a Coast Guard patrol boat were dispatched to extinguish the blaze. The fire was brought under control at around 6:30 pm.
No casualties were reported, but several fishing crew were seen jumping into water to escape the blaze, according to United Daily News. A coast guard boat rescued the crew members.
The director of the Donggang District Fisheries Association Lin Hanchou said that losses are estimated at around NT$300 million.
Cover picture: Donggang Township Facebook group.
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