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Staten Island ferry fire forces 900 passengers to evacuate


Nearly 900 passengers have been evacuated from a Staten Island Ferry ship following a fire in the ship’s engine room, a news outlet reported.

The New York City Fire Department said units responded to a report of a fire in the mechanical room of a ship in Upper New York Bay shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday , reported WNBC-TV.

Five people were reportedly injured, three of whom required hospital treatment, WNBC reported.

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There were about 868 people aboard the ship, the Sandy Ground, with 16 additional crew members, Deputy Fire Chief Frank Leeb said at a news conference.

People board the Staten Island Ferry in the Whitehall Terminal, Aug. 4, 2022, in New York. Emergency personnel evacuated nearly 900 passengers from the ferry on December 22, 2022.
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The US Coast Guard evacuated passengers to the St. George ferry terminal in Staten Island. The ferry crew members were also disembarked from the boat. The evacuation lasted less than an hour, the television channel reported.

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The department will wait at least 24 hours and monitor temperatures before entering the engine room to determine if the fire is fully extinguished, Leeb said. The fire was contained to the ship’s engine room and funnel, firefighters said.

Leeb credited the ship’s crew with quickly notifying the Coast Guard. “They were also very quick to make sure they sealed off the engine room, evacuated the area” and injected CO2 into the room to remove oxygen, Leeb said.

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The New York Department of Transportation said the Sandy Ground was temporarily anchored near Bayonne, New Jersey, while transferring passengers. A spokesperson for NY Waterway said one of its ferries helped with the evacuation.

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