Crews put out fire aboard Coast Guard Cutter Bear in Portsmouth

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The Coast Guard Cutter Bear (USCG photo)

Portsmouth, Va. — The Coast Guard and Portsmouth Fire Department put out a fire aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bear this afternoon.

The fire was reported at 11:58 a.m. in the damage control shop aboard the cutter.

Personnel from the Bear, the Coast Guard Cutter Forward and the base responded to the fire. Nine units from the Portsmouth Fire Department also responded to the blaze.

The fire was extinguished at 12:48 p.m. and was contained within the damage control shop.

There are no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bear is a 270-foot medium-endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth.

NewsChannel 3 has learned that the fire started in a welding gas tank the damage control room.

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