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Two killed in fire on Norwegian cruise liner

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Two killed in fire on Norwegian cruise liner


A fire on board a Norwegian cruise liner has killed two crew members and forced the evacuation of more than 200 passengers.

The ship, the Nordlys, was close to the port of Aalesund in western Norway when the fire began in the engine room, according to police who suspect there was an explosion.

It had left Bergen with more than 260 people on board, on a popular tourist route heading north to the regions above the Arctic circle.

Fire crews gained control of the ship but couldn’t stop it from taking in water and listing.

Police say eight people were taken to hospital, two with serious injuries, while eight others were treated.

The nationality of those on board is not known; it is thought usually most of the ship’s passengers are Norwegian.

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