Ferry fire, Greece Update Major Fire
Update: Fire was or still is much more serious than we’ve been told – cargo decks were still emitting smoke in the afternoon, firefighting of a major scale still going on. All passengers of course, left ferry, no injures reported. Because of water poured into the ship, she developed portside list. Look at photos – smoke is seen both fore and aft, meaning that fire spread throughout car deck or decks.
Fire erupted in reportedly, car deck of ferry EL. VENZELOS with 875 passengers and 141 crew on board some 30 nm off Piraeus, early in the morning Aug 29. The ship was en route from Piraeus to Chania, but had to turn back and returned to Piraeus, where she was moored at around 0100 UTC Aug 29. Fire was said to be extinguished, vehicle caught fire, firefighting system was activated. Reportedly all passengers were gathered on lifeboat deck, and remain there, some sources say there’s no risk and no need for evacuation. Passengers already shared their ordeal via social nets, describing something of a panic. As of 0230 UTC it wasn’t yet known, if passengers are to be evacuated, or stay on board. Understood there’s no damage, only smoke and burn smell.
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