Morazon Fire aug 1968

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Morazon Fire aug 1968 - THE STATE MURNAL Thurs., Aug. 29, 1968 D-7...
THE STATE MURNAL Thurs., Aug. 29, 1968 D-7 Lansing, Michigan k ; - BURNING UP The Francisco Morazon which ran aground In November of 1960, off the Leelanau Peninsula, . shows smoke from a fire that broke out Wednesday. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the cause of the fire is to be sought in an investigation which began Wednes day. The Morazan made news only last week when Attorney General Frank Kelly filed suit for removal of the ship because of possible damage resulting from 65,000 gallons of fuel oil aboard. (UPI Telephoto) Tanker Fire Expected to Burn Itself Out GLEN HAVEN (UPI) Coast Guard officials waited patiently today for a fire to burn itself out aboard the abandoned tanker Francisco Morazon, ground ed on South Manitou Island in Lake Michigan since 1960 with 6,500 gallons of fuel oil aboard. The Coast Guard tender Sundew from Charlevoix and a 40-foot utility boat from Frankfort stood by the burning hulk which began blazing Wednes day afternoon. No one was aboard the vessel and Coast Guard personnel said they would wait for the fire to die before boarding the ship. There was no immediate in dication of what caused the blaze that led officials to fear bulkheads containing the thick fuel oil might crack, polluting surrounding beaches. The Sleeping Bear Dunes state Park is opposite the site where Skater the ship has been groundedl since 1960 when she was caught in a November storm in northern Lake Michigan. "It probably will burn itself out, said U. cmdr. carl Brothers of the Coast Guard Air Station at Traverse City. Brothers said at its heighth. thick black smoke rose almost 700 feet into the air. The badly weathered tanker, picked clean by scavengers during the past eight years, became the center of a legal battle two weeks ago. Atty. Gen. Frank J. Kelley went into Leelanau County Circuit Court seeking an order forcing the owners of the ship, the Francisco Morazon Corp. of Michigan, to remove it because it posed a potential health haz ard. The threat to small craft in the area and the possibility that the oil could be loosed in the lakes was behind Kelley's action. ST. tion school terest facility fire search desk destroyed velt Pontiac tion, 150 elderly safety be the out, man The although report heard was

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  1. Lansing State Journal,
  2. 29 Aug 1968, Thu,
  3. Page 49

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