Fire crews battle flames on Houston Ship Channel vessel

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Monday, December 14, 2015
Flames over Houston Ship Channel

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Fire crews worked to extinguish flames seen on the deck of the Navigator Europa docked at the Port of Houston.

A stretch of the ship channel is closed near the ship.

The Coast Guard says the motor caught fire on the ship. The Coast Guard as well as the Port of Houston and the Houston Fire Department is working to put the fire out.

The Coast Guard says initial reports indicate the ship was transferring ethylene. There's no word yet on whether the chemical was the source of the fire. Ethylene is used to control fruit ripening.

We're working to learn more about the fire and will share it with you as we get more information from officials.

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