Ron Kikel on 29th January 2018 @ 8:14am
Is the barge on fire or is that smoke coming from the Washington side?
Dan Kleinsmith on 29th January 2018 @ 8:26am
First thought was they might have hit a bridge pier to cause the hull damage. Not sure what they might have hit to cause the gaping hole in the upper deck cover. Is that a fire over on the Washington side?
kmb on 29th January 2018 @ 8:30am
Cut and paste
Buzz on 29th January 2018 @ 9:19am
L.E. on 29th January 2018 @ 10:06am
I'm guessing it ran into one of the higher commercial docks in Portland, first taking out the pilings , then the dock skinning the upper area. There certainly was a mess of something on the other end...
Rawhyde on 29th January 2018 @ 10:41am
I can verify two things from other views:
1) the smoke is from the Washington shore, not this barge
2) there is significant damage to the other end of the barge too
Arthur on 29th January 2018 @ 11:38am
A fire on the Washington shore and a beat up barge. Pretty big day!
Seems like the fire would have been more note worthy.
Dan Kleinsmith on 29th January 2018 @ 12:29pm
I thought like you Dan. If there was a fire on the Washington side creating that smoke, I think I would stand somewhere so the barge wasn't blocking my view.
I bet this is it:
......On August 8, 1971, while a barge owned by Pacific Inland Navigation Company was discharging gasoline at a Tank Farm in Pasco, Washington, a hose assembly sold by Goodyear leaked, causing an explosion and fire which killed a Pacific Inland employee, caused extensive damage to the Tank Farm, and endangered and damaged the barge, setting it afire. The tug Chinook, owned by Shaver Transportation Company, removed the barge to safety and helped to put out the fire. Shaver later filed a salvage claim against the barge's owners, who cross-complained against Goodyear. Goodyear then brought this separate action for declaratory relief.......
L.E. on 29th January 2018 @ 12:40pm
Not many houses on the bluff back then.
Rusty Neff on 29th January 2018 @ 1:37pm
The damage to the bow of the barge looks like impact damage and the other hole kind of has an impact look as well. Not saying there was not a fire and explosion, but saying I believe there is more to this story.
Longshot on 29th January 2018 @ 5:06pm
The barge in the picture doesn't look like it has been in a major fire, otherwise we would see signs of fire such as burned paint, soot marks, etc. Also, if there had been an explosion inside the barge strong enough to cause the hole damage, we would see the sides and roof of the hold cover all bowed out, or possibly blown off, from the explosion blast. It would be interesting to find out what really happened.
kmb on 30th January 2018 @ 8:28am
I was able to find an online edition of the Pasco, "Tri City Herald". August 8, 15, 17, 18, 19, were the available dates. None of which carried any mention of a barge fire.
L.E. on 31st January 2018 @ 9:51am