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150 passengers evacuated after fire on Seattle touring catamaran

SEATTLE, June 15 (UPI) —

More than 150 passengers were evacuated from a Seattle tour ship after a fire erupted in one engine, officials said.

Passengers aboard the 113-foot catamaran Victoria Clipper were put ashore at the Shilshole Marina, KOMO-TV reported Friday.

Janis Smith, a spokesman for Clipper Vacations that operates the vessel, said no one was injured.

She said the ship was returning from a daylong excursion to the San Juan Islands when a fire started in insulation around one of the turbine engines.

The crew diverted to the marina after sealing the compartment and deploying a chemical fire suppressant, Smith said.

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