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Research Vessel Catches Fire

Firefighters from San Diego Fire-Rescue put out a fire on the research vessel Dorado Discovery Sunday.
Firefighters from San Diego Fire-Rescue put out a fire on the research vessel Dorado Discovery Sunday.
It took San Diego firefighters about a half hour to put out a second-alarm, below-deck fire aboard the research vessel Dorado Discovery in the San Diego Bay, at 802 Terminal St., across from Coronado. 

The fire started around 2:30 p.m. but was out by 3 p.m., according to a dispatcher.

The fire may have started in the engine room, a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman told the San Diego Union-Tribune.

According to a website called Odyssey Minerals, the Dorado Discovery is the first commercial purpose-converted research vessel to conduct deep-ocean mineral exploration. You can read all about the vessel's specifications here.

Oxygen containers may have exploded, but there were no injuries, the U-T reported.

-- City News Service contributed to this report.

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