Two dead after fire on Hurtigruten ship

At least two people have died and 12 people are reported to have been injured after fire broke out on a Hurtigruten ship in Norway.

The blaze reportedly started in the engine room of Nordlys shortly after 9am local time while the ship was outside Aalesund on the west coast of Norway.

All 207 passengers including eight from the UK have been safely evacuated, and the injured have been taken to hospital.

The fire brigade told local news outlet NRK that there were four people missing, and that two of them have been found. Police later confirmed that two are dead, with one found in the engine room.

The fire was said to be under control at 12.30pm local time but passengers, many of them foreign tourists, were evacuated and taken to a local hotel.

A Hurtigruten statement issued before the deaths were confirmed said: “Following a fire on board the MS Nordlys all guests have been safely evacuated to the Rica Parken Hotel in Aalesund.

“There were 207 guests on board of varying nationalities and 55 crew. In total eight crew members have been taken to hospital. Four of them have serious injuries. Two crew are missing according to our lists.

“Hurtigruten staff are in Ålesund and are either rebooking guests onto an alternative sailing or arrangements are being made for them to travel home.”

Agents with any questions should contact Hurtigruten reservations on 020 8846 2666.

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