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Fire on ship carrying 1,800 cars off Spanish island

AFP  |  Madrid 

A fire broke out at dawn Wednesday aboard an Italian loaded with 1,843 vehicles off the island of Majorca, Spanish maritime emergency services said.

Fifteen of the 25 crew of Grimaldi Lines' Grande Europa were taken off the 183-metre vessel by helicopter before the blaze was brought under control around midday. The remainder stayed behind to tackle the blaze.

"No one was hurt," a for the services told AFP.

"We do not know the cause," of the fire which started when the ship was 25 nautical miles off Majorca, she said.

It was "virtually extinguished" by 1100 GMT, the said, and the ship was being towed to port on Majorca.

The Vessel Finder website said Grande Europa sailed from Salerno, southwestern Italy, on Tuesday evening heading for on the Spanish mainland.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 18:56 IST