Fire breaks out aboard cruise ship off Florida
By John Newland NBC News
LAKE WORTH, FL (NBC) -- A fire broke out early Monday aboard a cruise ship off the Florida coast, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed.
The fire was contained to a small area of the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas and had been put out early Monday morning, the agency said.
Responders were using equipment onboard the ship to put out the fire as opposed to battling it from a cutter, the agency said.
Royal Caribbean Cruises said medical staff reported that two passengers were treated after fainting and there was also one report of cramps and another of high-blood pressure.
Officials said the fire was contained to the third deck - out of 11 - on the 916-foot ship.
It was categorized as a "Class A" fire, which means it broke out in solid combustible materials such as wood or plastic and did not involve fuel or other flammable liquids, the Coast Guard said.
The ship radioed for assistance, the Coast Guard station in Lake Worth, FL., said, declining to give further specifics.
NBC affiliate WPTV reported that another cruise ship, the Carnival Sensation, had been put on standby to help the ship in case of evacuations.
The Grandeur of the Seas was recently given a $48 million refurbishment and was based in Baltimore, according to the Royal Caribbean website.
The 74,000-ton ship, carrying 2,224 passengers and 796 crew members, was on its way to Coco Cay, Bahamas, when the fire broke out, Royal Caribbean Cruises said in a statement.
Early Monday, the ship was on 38 nautical miles from Freeport, Bahamas, where it was headed for "evaluation," the company said, adding that the vessel had full power.
The Grandeur of the Seas is one of 41 ships operated by the company, which is the world's second-largest cruise operator.