Tugboat Carrying Barges Catches Fire in Bellaire, OH

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Bellaire and Wheeling Fire Departments are investigating the cause of a fire on a tugboat that sent two people to the hospital Wednesday afternoon near the Oxford Mining Company.

According to Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk, the fire broke out on a Bellaire Harbor Service tugboat while the crew was on board.

First reports indicated that three crew members were treated for smoke inhalation. Two crew members were transported to a local hospital.

The tugboat was moving barges when the fire broke out.

The Wheeling Fire Department’s rescue boat also responded.

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