Fire on a Baltic Sea ferry under control, no injuries

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A fire was reported Monday on a ferry carrying nearly 300 people from Sweden to Latvia, but officials said the blaze — which they described as “limited” — had been extinguished. No one was reported injured.

The ferry was north of the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea when the fire broke out. No one was evacuated, but a person on the ferry said passengers had gathered on the upper deck.

Swedish ferry company Stena Line said 241 passengers and 58 crew members were on board the Stena Scandica which was traveling from Nynashamn in Sweden to Ventspils in Latvia. The fire broke out on a refrigerated truck.

The ship will be towed to Nynashamn with all its passengers, said Lisa Mjörning of the Swedish Maritime Administration, according to Swedish news agency TT.

Seven nearby vessels and three helicopters were dispatched to the scene as a precaution.

Earlier today, Stena Line spokesman Stefan Elfström told Swedish broadcaster SVT that the company had been informed of a fire “on a limited scale” with no reports of injuries.

Norwegian newspaper VG quoted passenger Giedrius Didoras as saying the passengers had all gathered on the upper deck.

“The ferry stopped,” he said. “We can’t see any of the flames, but we can see smoke coming from both sides of the ferry.”

The Gothenburg, Sweden-based ferry company says it is one of the largest ferry companies in the world, with 38 ships making more than 25,000 trips a year. It has 4,300 employees across Europe.

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