By Sage Smiley

Minor fire delays Columbia and ruins 10 cases of beer


August 30, 2023

No one was reported injured beyond minor smoke inhalation in an early morning small fire aboard the state ferry Columbia on its southbound voyage into Wrangell on Aug. 23.

All 11 passengers and crew taken off the ship for medical evaluation in Wrangell returned to the ferry as it continued its voyage to Ketchikan later that same day, according to a spokeswoman for the Alaska Department of Transportation.

The fire started in cardboard near an ice machine in the bar area, the spokeswoman said.

Ten cases of beer were lost to the fire. “Honestly, that’s the extent of the damage,” said Ste...

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