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Coast Guard clears Tregurtha to carry on after fire

With gulls wheeling overhead, the Paul R. Tregurtha churns up water as it backs toward the Calumet vessel fueling facility in 2016. The Tregurtha is expected to arrive in Two Harbors today. (file / News Tribune)

The 1,013-foot lake freighter Paul R. Tregurtha was cleared to transit to her next port of call on Monday evening, following a generator fire earlier in the day.

The U.S. Coast Guard cleared Tregurtha to continue on after the ship had been stopped at anchor all day in Whitefish Bay on the eastern end of Lake Superior.

There were no injuries or pollution as a result of the fire, the Coast Guard said. The ship was carrying 68,200 tons of coal, 124,000 gallons of fuel and 88,000 gallons of caustic soda, the Coast Guard first reported.

The ship was first stopped in Whitefish Bay, outside Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., as the Coast Guard monitored the situation and began conducting a Marine Casualty Investigation into the cause of the fire, which was extinguished before help arrived.

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