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Fire Sets Costa Sister Ship Adrift

No one hurt after engine-room crisis
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 27, 2012 12:48 PM CST

(Newser) – Another public relations nightmare for operators of the Costa Concordia—though this time, no one was hurt. Concordia sister ship the Costa Allegra suffered a fire in its engine room, prompting the engines to be shut off some 260 miles from the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Now the Allegra is largely under a blackout, with emergency battery power in the cabin. A number of vessels and a plane have been sent to help tow the ship to the Seychelles.

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It's due in tomorrow morning, ANSA reports. Some 636 passengers and 413 crew members were aboard the ship. "The shipboard fire-extinguishing system and procedures were promptly activated and the special fire-fighting squads intervened to extinguish the fire," the company said in a statement, according to the Guardian. (Read more Costa Concordia stories.)

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