Cargo Ship Catches Fire at Port of Ipswich

Mike Schuler
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December 10, 2012


Firefighters in Suffolk county in the UK were called to the Port of Ipswich Monday afternoon to fight a fire aboard the Gibraltar-flagged M/V Accum.

The Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service confirmed via facebook that a fire broke out aboard the vessel which was loaded with wooden boxes, turbines, and cars. Authorities were alerted to the fire at approximately 15:27 local time and sent seven fire crews to extinguish the blaze.

As of 18:28 local time fire crews confirmed that the fire had been put out and crews were remaining on the scene to extinguish any hotspots aboard the vessel.  It was later confirmed that the fire that was contained to timber materials located in the lower deck.

BBC reports that the vessel was bound for the Caribbean and had as many as 100 cars on board.

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