GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Flames shot out of a Coast Guard vessel docked at the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor on Wednesday morning before sunrise. Gulfport fire trucks rushed to the harbor and quickly poured water on the burning boat.
Officials at the scene say two people were on board the Coast Guard Cutter Brant when they noticed smoke and then saw the fire. The fire ignited near the rear of the boat before 5 a.m.
Gulfport firefighters arrived at the Coast Guard dock about five minutes after they got the emergency call. Within minutes, they had the fire under control.
"We are thankful no one was hurt in the fire," said Cmdr. Zachary Ford, the head of the response department at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. "Without the quick response and actions taken by the Gulfport Fire Department, this incident could have been much worse."
What sparked the fire is under investigation.