Burnt belt prompts fire call to Port of Vancouver

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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A burnt machine belt on a United Grain barge prompted a heavy emergency response at the Port of Vancouver Wednesday morning, at least at first.

A possible ship fire was reported to 911 at 10:20 a.m. after someone saw smoke from a barge on the Columbia River at the port, 1905 N.W. Harborside Drive.

Arriving Vancouver firefighters went aboard and learned there was no actual fire, and that it was only a burnt belt that caused the smoke, said Vancouver Fire Battalion Chief Chris Lines.

The response was downgraded and a Portland Fire & Rescue boat was canceled.