STOCKHOLM (AP) — A passenger ferry carrying nearly 300 people traveling from Sweden to Latvia caught fire Monday, authorities said after it was shut down. There were no reports of injuries.
The ferry was north of the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea when the fire started. There was no need to abandon ship, but a person on board said passengers congregated on the deck.
Swedish ferry company Stena Line said 241 passengers and 58 crew members were on board the Stena Scandica traveling from Nynashamn, Sweden, to Ventspils, Latvia. The flames started in a refrigerator truck.
The vessel will be towed to Nynashamn with all its passengers, Lisa Mjörning of the Swedish Maritime Administration was quoted as saying by the Swedish news agency TT.
Seven nearby boats and three helicopters were dispatched to the scene as a precaution.
Stefan Elfström, a spokesman for Stena Line, told Swedish broadcaster SVT that the company was told of a “limited scale” fire with no reports of injuries.
The Gothenburg, Sweden-based ferry company claims to be one of the world’s largest in its business, with 38 ships making more than 25,000 trips a year. It has 4,300 employees throughout Europe.