(May 23, 2010, 11:30 a.m. EDT) -- A machine room fire on Peter Deilmann Cruises' Deutschland necessitated the evacuation of 607 people in western Norway early Sunday, according to the Washington Post.
Reports say that, although the fire was contained in the machine room, heat spread throughout the vessel. All 364 passengers, 241 crewmembers and two Norwegian ship pilots all got off the ship safely; no injuries were reported. Those evacuated have been taken to a nearby hotel in the meantime.
Efforts to reach a Deilmann representative for comment were not immediately successful, and there is no word yet on whether the ship will be able to complete its current sailing -- a Norwegian Fjords voyage from Hamburg.
We'll keep you updated.
--by Ashley Kosciolek, Copy Editor
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