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An engine fire had to be extinguished aboard the ferry Wenatchee while it was out on?sea trials Thursday afternoon.

Washington State Ferries spokesman Ian Sterling described the blaze as a "serious" fire and said the?vessel was being towed to the state's ferry maintenance facility in Bainbridge Island's Eagle Harbor after the fire was put out.?The incident was reported at about 2 p.m.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, Sterling said.

"Any time you have a fire onboard a ship or an airplane, it's serious stuff," he said.

Two engines had just been rebuilt, and the vessel had been undergoing sea trials, Sterling said. The Wenatchee was not slated to return to service for another few weeks.

No passengers were aboard, but 11 crew members, who are trained to fight fires, were on the vessel. The Seattle Fire Department responded to the fire and said no injuries had been reported.

Nathan Pilling is a reporter covering?Bainbridge Island, North Kitsap and Washington State Ferries?for the Kitsap Sun. He can be reached at 360-792-5242, nathan.pilling@kitsapsun.com or on Twitter at @KSNatePilling.

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