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Cargo ship fire put out in Hong Kong, no casualties reported

Acrid smoke seen hanging over waters south of Hong Kong's Tsing Yi  after a 100-meter-long cargo vessel carrying 2,000 tonnes of scrap metal caught fire on June 2, 2021. The fire was largely put out in June 3 morning. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG – Firemen on Thursday morning put out a blaze that broke out on a cargo ship off Hong Kong's coast on Wednesday.

The fire was largely put out at around 8:20 am local time Thursday, with no casualties reported, the government said.

The accident started at 5:26 pm local time on Wednesday on the vessel carrying metal scrap in waters south of Tsing Yi and was upgraded to No. 3 alarm (No. 5 alarm is the highest) at 11:09 pm. Firemen used two fire boat monitors and two jets to fight the blaze, the government added.

According to local media, the vessel involved was a 100-meter long cargo ship carrying about 2,000 tons of metal scrap.

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A fire department vessel (left) directs jets of water to put out a fire on a 100-meter-long cargo vessel carrying 2,000 tonnes of scrap metal. In the waters south of Hong Kong's Tsing Yi on June 2, 2021.  (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)