Royal Caribbean ship out of Port Canaveral catches fire; 1 injured

Freedom of the Seas ignites while docked in Falmouth, Jamaica

By Michelle Dendy - Web Editor

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. - A fire aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that departed from Port Canaveral injured one crew member, but company officials say it was quickly extinguished.

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Black smoke could be seen billowing from the 1,112-foot Freedom of the Seas as it docked in Jamaica on Wednesday, part of a seven-night cruise that departed from Port Canaveral on Sunday.

Miami-based Royal Caribbean International tells Local 6 nearly 4,500 passengers were on board when the fire broke out.

The company said in a statement the fire broke out Wednesday in a mechanical area aboard the Freedom of the Seas as it arrived in Falmouth, Jamaica. The company said onboard fire suppression equipment put out the fire.

Passengers were told to go to evacuation assembly stations out of what Royal Caribbean called an abundance of caution. The company said all systems are operating normally.

One crew member was treated for burns. No passengers were injured.

Freedom of the Seas has been stationed at port Canaveral since 2009, and the ship recently underwent a major renovation onboard, including the addition of more cabins, restaurants and water attractions.

A spokeswoman for Royal Caribbean said the ship was not compromised, and it was going to continue its itinerary with a stop in Grand Cayman set for Thursday morning.?

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