100 Florida Firefighters Extinguish Massive Fire on Cargo Ship

July 8, 2008

More than 100 Florida firefighters extinguished a massive fire on a cargo ship on the Miami River.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue said the fire burned for three hours July 5 while crews worked to put out the flames on the ship. All nine crew members were evacuated. No injuries have been reported.

City and county Firefighters responded to the ship at about 8 p.m., with flames and billowing smoke blowing from the cargo area of the 200-foot freighter, called the Atlantic.

The ship was carrying cars, mattresses and bicycles among other items to Haiti. The estimated damage has not been released.

The fire forced nearby vessels to relocate to safer locations. No other vessels were damaged.

Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

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