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Two People Die in Norway Cruise Ship Fire, Authorities Say

September 15, 2011

(Updates with comment from police in second paragraph.)

Sept. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Two crew members were killed in a fire on a Hurtigruten Group ASA cruise ship sailing from Bergen to Kirkenes in the Arctic along a popular tourist route up Norway’s western coast.

The fire started at about 9 a.m. local time outside of Aalesund and was probably caused by an engine room explosion, Yngve Skovly, acting police chief for the Sunnmoere district, said at a televised press conference. Over a dozen people were injured, including two Germans and a Swede, and two were seriously hurt, he said. All have been accounted for, he said.

The fire has been contained and probably didn’t spread beyond the engine room, Geir Thorsen, Aalesund’s fire chief, also said at the briefing. While the ship is listing about 10 degrees and taking in water, authorities “seem to be able to keep the ship stable,” he said.

“This is a very sad day,” Ragnar Norum, a Hurtigruten spokesman told broadcaster TV2. “We’re a relatively small company and we all know each other. This has hit us very hard.”

There were 207 passengers and 55 crew members on board, the Narvik, Norway-based company said in a statement.

--Editor: Marianne Stigset, Jonas Bergman

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Treloar at streloar1@bloomberg.net; Josiane Kremer in Oslo at jkremer4@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Angela Cullen at acullen8@bloomberg.net


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