Charlevoix County Ferry Damaged in Fire

A Northern Michigan ferry is out of service after a fire Friday afternoon.

The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Department says a car on the Ironton Ferry caught fire Friday afternoon.

They say the flames are now out, but the ferry is no longer operational due to the damage.

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The fire started around three this afternoon.

Thankfully the ferry was able to get to shore before anyone was hurt.

The car caught fire on the Ironton Ferry that crosses Lake Charlevoix.

Take a look at the video of the ferry car fire.

You can see the smoke blowing into the air.

The ferry manager said his captain tried to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, but that didn’t work.

She finished the three minute trip across Lake Charlevoix and got everyone off the ferry safely.

But now the ferry will not be taking passengers, possibly for the remainder of the season.

“Fortunately we’re not an island, it means that it’s going to add another 25 minutes from their daily commute, It’s a great service for people who live close by here that want to go to Charlevoix and vice versa that want to go to Boyne City. It’ll be an inconvenience.”

The ferry takes about 200 vehicles a day this time of year.

Crews do not know what started the car fire.

The ferry captain said the Coast Guard is coming from Sault Sainte Marie to assess the damage.

Stay with Northern Michigan’s News Leader as we work to bring you more details on the fire.