Fire sparks aboard Carnival Liberty cruise ship in St. Thomas

Fire reported in engine room of ship, Coast Guard confirms

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI - The U.S. Coast Guard extinguished a fire aboard the Carnival Liberty cruise ship, which is currently docked in St. Thomas, Coast Guard officials confirmed.

The fire was reported about 11: 45 a.m. Monday in the engine room of the ship.

"Earlier today, while the Carnival Liberty was docked in St. Thomas, there was a fire in the ship's engine room," Carnival said in a statement released shortly after the fire. "There were no reported injuries to guests or crew. All guests are ashore in St. Thomas."

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Coast Guard officials said the ship was moored when the fire sparked, so everyone still aboard the ship was able to evacuate quickly.

It's unclear when passengers and crew members will be allowed to return to the ship.

The cruise is on the second day of a seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed Sunday from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The ship was carrying more than 3,300 passengers and more than 1,100 crew members.

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