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'Traumschiff' cruise ship evacuated after fire

AFP/DPA/The Local · 24 May 2010, 09:54

Published: 24 May 2010 09:54 GMT+02:00

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The fire started in the engine room and was presenting problems to fire crews with the thick smoke that developed, a local rescue spokesman said.

The 364 passengers – mostly Germans – and most of the 241 crew, as well as the two Norwegian pilots, were taken from the ship.

The heat developed by the fire was so intense that fire crews were hosing the hull down from outside to try to limit damage to the structure of the ship, which is famous in Germany due to the ZDF TV series.

Fire broke out at around 12:30 pm, while the ship was anchored in the small town of Eidfjord, deep in the picturesque Hardanger Fjord, nor far from Bergen on the Norwegian west coast.

All those on board were evacuated without any reports of injury.

It is not yet known what caused the fire, which at times threatened to spread through the 175-metre-long ship, and took four hours to extinguish.

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The tourists, who were due to set sail for Hamburg on Sunday evening, were taken to local hotels and are making their way home by bus to Oslo and then ferry Kiel, said a spokesman for Deilmann, the company which owns MS Deutschland.

The ship will be taken to Bergen as soon as possible so that a damage evaluation can be undertaken.

AFP/DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

16:20 May 24, 2010 by Henckel
Perhaps they can write this incident into the soap opera storyline.
23:40 May 24, 2010 by pepsionice
I can see mini-story now.....Fireman Huns (newly divorced) is on a cruise. There in the midst of the entire passenger list....is Fireman Andrea (also newly divorced). The fire starts and the cruise management freaks out. The two guests happen to be prepared and put the fire out....later they are seen at a local pub drinking doubles and triples....and then end back at the cruise line that night....fairly drunk as firemen tend to do.

We need forty-four bits of dialog between the two (always the same number)....and it'd be nice if both were from Bavaria with accents.
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