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June 28, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Cruise ship returned to Seattle after boiler fire doused

UPDATE AT 11 A.M. SUNDAY:

The Westerdam cruise ship has left the port, after the Coast Guard declared the vessel safe to continue on to Alaska. No one was injured, and no evacuations were needed from the fire in the ship’s boiler room Saturday afternoon.

ORIGINAL POST:

A Holland America cruise ship carrying more than 2,800 people returned to Seattle after a boiler-room fire Saturday.  The crew doused it and there are no reports of injuries.

Flames broke out on the Westerdam at  around 5 p.m. as the vessel was in Puget Sound near Kingston, bound for  Alaska, according to George Degener, a Coast Guard petty officer and spokesman. The crew knocked the fire down, but a while later it restarted.

A combination of high-pressure mist and crew members with hoses extinguished the fire, said Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department. The city dispatched a fireboat, and a few units to the Pier 91 cruise terminal, as a precaution.

Holland America brought the ship back “out of an abundance of caution and in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard,” a company statement said.

No evacuations were needed, firefighters reported.

Coast Guard officers planned to inspect the ship Saturday night, Degener said.

Holland America said in a statement the 2,086 passengers and 798 crew are safe, and there was no impact on guest services. The seven-day cruise is expected to resume, following inspections, the company said.

 

 

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