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Two injured in Stockholm ferry fire

Two people are being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire broke on Tuesday afternoon on a ferry docked in Stockholm and carrying 2,300 passengers.

Two injured in Stockholm ferry fire

Emergency services and crew on board the passenger ship Zenith combined to quickly bring the fire under control.

“Everyone apart for a few members of the crew has been evacuated… we had a fire on board but after 10 minutes the people on the ship and the fire brigade managed to put it out,” Björn Engstroem, a Stockholm police

spokesman, told AFP.

“Apart for a few members of the crew, everyone has been evacuated,” he added.

Engström said two people suffered from smoke inhalation and that paramedics and firefighters were now at the scene.

He said there were 2,300 people on board at the time including the crew.

The Zenith sounded the alarm at just before 3pm at its mooring station in the port of Frihamnen, Stockholm.

Eye witness Björn Grinder reported on developments from his vantage point 50 metres from the ferry.

“The fire is on deck three, according to a passenger I met outside the ferry,” said Grinder.

He added that ambulance staff had laid out stretchers beside the ship as smoke divers begin entering the vessel.

“Everything is orderly I would say and the situation is proceeding calmly. Just in the last minutes about a hundred people have flowed out,” Grinder said.

According to Grinder, the fire was so vigorous that people were jumping into the water.

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ACCIDENT

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port

UPDATE: A ferry that ran aground next to islands between Finland and Sweden with nearly 430 crew and passengers on board, was refloated and heading for port, its owners said Sunday.

Grounded Finland ferry refloated and heading back to port
The Viking Line ship Grace hit rocks in in the Aland archipelago. Photo AFP

The Viking Line's “Grace” hit rocks on Saturday afternoon while sailing between the Finnish port of Turku and the Swedish capital Stockholm, shortly before a stopover in Mariehamn, in the Aland archipelago, Finland's coast guard said.

The passengers had to spend the night on board, though there was no immediate danger as it was not taking on water. No one was hurt in the incident.

A tug boat helped refloat the ferry in the small hours of Sunday morning, the coast guard said on Twitter.

After disembarking around 260 passengers at Mariehamn, it went on to its home port of Turku in Finland, a Viking Line spokeswoman told AFP Sunday. It would undergo repairs in the coming days, she added.

Although the cause of the accident has yet to be established, the coast guard said there were strong winds in the area at the time.

The company cancelled its Saturday ferry service, which was to have been taken by a smaller vessel, because of a storm warning.

In September, another Viking Line ferry, the Amorella, ran aground on the same Aaland Island and the passengers had to be evacuated.

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