The 50 foot fishing vessel Elizabeth Ann suffered a fire in it’s engine room while off Gloucester, Massachusetts. The crew contacted the Coast Guard that the vessel was on fire, but soon were forced from the wheelhouse due to the thick black smoke. This cutoff the two man crew from the fire extinguishers and communication gear. Two nearby vessels heard the distress call responded to the scene. Using the fire extinguishers from these vessels, the crew of the Elizabeth Ann were able to contain the fire until the Coast Guard 47 foot lifeboat reached the scene. The fire was later extinguished and the Elizabeth Ann was taken under tow back to Gloucester. No reports of injuries.