Oslow, Norway: Cruise Liner With 262 Passengers Evacuated After Fire Outbreak: UPDATED

15 Sep

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE:

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Two people were killed and at least nine injured on Thursday in a fire on a cruise liner operating on a popular route along Norway’s craggy coast, officials said.

Police said they received information that an additional four people were missing, but could not immediately confirm it. Nine people were taken to the hospital, two with serious burns and smoke injuries.

The MS Nordlys, with 262 people on board, was evacuated after it caught fire at 9:20 a.m. (0720 GMT) before arriving in Alesund, 230 miles (375 kilometers) northwest of Oslo. More than 100 passengers were evacuated into lifeboats before the ship reached port.

The remaining passengers and some crew left the vessel as smoke was still billowing from the burning ship. Hurtigruten ASA, the Norwegian operator of the ship, said eight of its crew were among those sent to hospital.

Police said they sealed off parts of Alesund because of the heavy smoke.

The MS Nordlys, traveling north from Bergen, is one of several ships that ply the Norwegian coast on the popular 1,500-mile (2,500- kilometer) cruise between the southwestern city and Kirkenes, high above the Arctic Circle near the Russian border.

The line carries both tourists eager to see the spectacular western coast and locals from coastal cities and hamlets.

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OSLO, Norway (AP) — Police say two people have been killed in a fire on a cruise liner operating on a popular route along Norway’s coast.

Police said in a statement Thursday they received information that an additional four people are missing, but said they couldn’t confirm that.

Hospital officials say six people have been taken into hospital, at least two with serious burns and smoke injuries. The operator of the ship says three of its crew were among those sent to hospital.

It also said some of its crew is searching the ship to make sure all the 262 people on board have been evacuated.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

OSLO, Norway (AP) — A Norwegian cruise liner with 262 people on board was evacuated Thursday after it caught fire off Norway’s craggy western coast.

Police said 106 passengers were evacuated into lifeboats before the MS Nordlys reached the harbor at Alesund, 230 miles (375 kilometers) northwest of Oslo.

The remaining passengers and some crew left the vessel when it docked at port as smoke was still billowing from the burning ship. Some crew stayed on board to help put out the fire.

Six people were taken into hospital, at least two of them with serious burns and smoke injuries, hospital officials said.

Officials said the fire broke out in the ship’s engine room at 9:20 a.m. (0720 GMT), before it was due to arrive at Alesund. Police said they sealed off parts of Alesund because of the heavy smoke.

The MS Nordlys, operated by the Hurtigruten shipping line, was traveling north from Bergen. It is one of several ships that ply the Norwegian coast on the popular 1,500-mile (2,500- kilometer) cruise between Bergen in the southwest, to Kirkenes, high above the Arctic Circle near the Russian border.

The line carries both tourists eager to see the spectacular western coast and locals from coastal cities and hamlets.

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OSLO, Norway (AP) — Officials say a cruise liner is being evacuated after it caught fire with 262 people on board off Norway’s western coast.

Smoke rises from the Norwegian cruise ship, MS Nordlys, one of the classic Hurtigruten …

Smoke rises from the Norwegian cruise ship, MS Nordlys, one of the classic Hurtigruten ships alongside in Alesund in western Norway, Thursday Sept. 15, 2011 as firefighters and police attend. The Sunnmore police district says that 106 passengers were evacuated into lifeboats before the vessel managed to dock into the port of Alesund. The rest of the passengers and crew were being evacuated. Police said no one was killed but three people were taken to hospital. The fire broke out in the engine room at 9.20 a.m. (0720 GMT). (AP Photo/Scanpix)  NORWAY OUT

Sunnmore police district says 106 passengers had already been evacuated in lifeboats before the vessel docked at Alesund. The remainder of the passengers and crew are being evacuated at the port.

Alesund hospital spokeswoman Elisabeth Kleive said four people were taken into hospital, two with serious burns and smoke injuries, while two others have lighter injuries.

Passengers are landed from a lifeboat after a fire on the Norwegian cruise ship, MS Nordlys, one of the classic Hurtigruten ships in Alesund in western Norway, Thursday Sept. 15, 2011. The Sunnmore police district says that 106 passengers were evacuated into lifeboats before the vessel managed to dock into the port of Alesund. The rest of the passengers and crew were being evacuated. Police said no one was killed but three people were taken to hospital. The fire broke out in the engine room at 9.20 a.m. (0720 GMT). (AP Photo/Scanpix)  NORWAY OUT

The fire broke out in the engine room of the MS Nordlys at 9:20 a.m. (0720 GMT) on Thursday.

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