Spanish island ferry turns back after fire

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Associated Press

Posted on April 26, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 26 at 1:33 PM

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish ferry carrying 334 people in the Canary Islands had to return to port when a fire broke out on one of its car decks, forcing an evacuation of the vessel. No one has been injured.

A spokesman for the Armas shipping company, Manuel Vidal, says the ferry "Volcan de Taburiente" returned to Los Cristianos port in Tenerife late Friday after setting sail for the island of La Gomera. Vidal says a fire had started in the cab of a truck and that all 319 passengers and 15 crew members were safely evacuated.

Spain's maritime rescue service said it scrambled a helicopter and a ship to escort the ferry back to port.

Vidal said Saturday that several passengers had panic attacks, but no one was injured.

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