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St. Petersburg man dies in ammo ship fire

A civilian crew member from St. Petersburg was killed and another man was still missing Sunday after an ammunition ship caught fire Saturday afternoon at an Army terminal on the Cape Fear River.

Commander Jim McPherson, a spokesman at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., said 35-year-old Paul Powell died in the engine room of the MV Staff Sgt. Edward A. Carter Jr. on Saturday.

A search for Horace Beasely, 45, of Gretna, Va., was called off Sunday and is now considered a recovery mission, said Marge Holtz, spokeswoman for U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command. Authorities think Beasely jumped ship when the fire started.

The Coast Guard reported early Sunday that three people were killed, but later revised the figure to one. No other injuries were reported.

An investigation of the fire was ongoing.

The Edward Carter is a 950-foot contract vessel based in Norfolk, Va., that hauls ammunition and other cargo.

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