On September 29, the 41 meter long research / fishing vessel Norton Sound caught fire while berthed in San Diego, California. Reports state authorities were alerted who dispatched local fire fighters to the scene. Assisted by the Coast Guard, fire fighters tried to extinguish the blaze. However, the fire was too intense below decks to be contained. They decided to let the fire to burn itself out. Heavy smoke was reported to still billow out of the Norton Sound the following day. Authorities state it may take up to 50 hours for the fire to die out.
No reports of injuries. The cause of the fire was not disclosed. Reports state there was no one on board the vessel at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.