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Westerdam Fire June 28, 2014

Holland America Line's Westerdam fire off the coast of Seattle

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Westerdam Cruise Ship Fire June 28, 2014

Holland America Line's Westerdam fire off the coast of Seattle

Holland America Line's Westerday had a fire on June 28, 2014 while off the coast of Seattle.

The Westerdam had just started the 7-day Alaska cruise with 2,086 passengers and 798 crew members aboard. The cruise ship was out to sea for about an hour when the fire occurred.

No one was injured by the boiler room fire on MS Westerdam Saturday night and the cruise ship safely returned to the port in Seattle, officials said.

Holland America said, "A small fire in one of the boiler rooms" that occurred after the cruise ship set sail was quickly extinguished.

Sally Andrews, Public Relations VP for Holland America said early Sunday, "The ship fire was extinguished and the Coast Guard inspected and cleared it to sail again. We anticipate it will be before the morning," she told The Associated Press".

The Seattle Times reported that the flames broke out around 5 p.m. PDT as the vessel was in Puget Sound near Kingston, according to Coast Guard petty officer George Degener. The crew knocked the fire down, but a while later it restarted.

A combination of high-pressure mist and crew members with hoses extinguished the fire, Kyle Moore, spokesman for the Seattle Fire Department, told the paper. The city dispatched a fireboat, and a few units to the Pier 91 cruise terminal, as a precaution.

Holland America brought the ship back "out of an abundance of caution and in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard," a company statement said.

No evacuations were needed, firefighters reported.

Holland America Line said that passenger aboard during the cruise ship fire would get a $250 cabin credit and 25% off a future cruise.

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