Nine killed in cargo ship blaze

Nine killed in cargo ship blazeCaracas, Dec 26 - Nine crewmembers of a Greek-flagged cargo ship were killed when the vessel caught fire off the coast of Venezuela, officials said.

Venezuela navy chief Carlos Aniasi said the captain of the Aegean Wind freighter confirmed the toll Friday.

The fire broke out in the ship's engine room and spread rapidly. The ship was about 53 km northwest of La Blanquilla island, Venezuelan Coast Guard said. The ship set out from Brazil with a load of iron bound for the US.

Six of the dead were Filipinos and the other three were Greek citizens. Ten other crewmembers escaped unhurt and five injured men are being treated, the navy chief said. (IANS)

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