Ten people including three firefighters are reported to have been hurt in a blaze on a cross-Channel ferry at Dover yesterday afternoon.

Some 316 passengers were evacuated when crews were called to a fire in a boiler room on the DFDS Seaways vessel Dieppe Seaways after it berthed at the Eastern Docks.

Paramedics treated 10 patients at the scene, while five were taken to hospital with burns to their face, arms and hands.

Nine fire engines and 45 firefighters and 12 ambulances were sent to the scene along with specialist units.

All freight was removed from the vessel as firefighters tackled the blaze.

DFDS cancelled a number of sailings on the Dover-Calais route.

The ferry company said it expected a normal service would resume from Dover today (Friday) at 4.45pm.

“The fire was extinguished and Kent Fire & Rescure Service left at 02h03 today (2 May),” DFDS said.

“All other DFDS Seaways sailings are running as normal, with a reduced Dover-Calais service. All passengers booked on affected sailings will be accommodated on other departures.

“DFDS Seaways would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused due to the cancellation of these services.”