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Cruise fire in Norway forces evacuation of 607

A machine room fire on a German cruise ship at a port in western Norway forced the evacuation of 607 people.



Oslo: A machine room fire on a German cruise
ship at a port in western Norway forced the evacuation of 607
people today, rescue officials said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries from the
blaze on the MS Deutschland in Eidfjord, rescue services
spokesman Per Fjeld said.

The fire started in the machine room and firefighters
contained it to that area, Fjeld said. But he said the fire
was still burning inside the machine room, causing heat to
spread through the ship, and specialist firefighters were
called in to try to stop it.

The ship was carrying 364 passengers, 241 crew members
and two Norwegian ship pilots when it caught fire, Fjeld said.

MS Deutschland is operated by the German company Peter
Deilmann Cruises on its Norwegian Fjord route, which starts
from Hamburg.

The company could not immediately be reached for comment
and it was unclear what would happen to the stranded
passengers.

PTI

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