Fire breaks out aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship

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By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun

Fire broke out early Monday morning on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that sailed from Baltimore on Friday. All 2,224 passengers and 796 crew have been accounted for, and no injuries have been reported, the company said in a statement.

The fire started at 2:50 a.m. in the mooring area of deck 3 of Grandeur of the Seas. The passengers and crew were called to assembly stations as a precaution before the fire was extinguished, according to the Royal Caribbean web site. The ship, which was en route to CocoCay, Bahamas, has been diverted to Freeport, Bahamas, for further evaluation.

It is sailing in calm seas with full power, the company said.

The ship departed Friday from Baltimore en route to the Bahamas. The seven-night cruise includes stops to Port Canaveral, Florida, CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas.