St. Clair Fire in Layup
On February 16, 2019, while in winter layup in Toledo, the St. Clair, a 762 foot lake freighter caught fire. Local firefighters fought the blaze, which burned for 36 hours. The estimated damage to the vessel was $150 million. Fire has always been a concern for lakers, both sailing and in layup. The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department trains to fight fires on these lake freighters.
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