Fire Forces 60 People to Evacuate from Canadian Warship, Vancouver Lures 30,000 with Nutritious Markets

A fire broke out Saturday aboard a Canadian warship operating in the Baltic Sea in order to assist NATO sailors helping Norway with a snowstorm, the Royal Canadian Navy said. A total of 90…

Fire Forces 60 People to Evacuate from Canadian Warship, Vancouver Lures 30,000 with Nutritious Markets

A fire broke out Saturday aboard a Canadian warship operating in the Baltic Sea in order to assist NATO sailors helping Norway with a snowstorm, the Royal Canadian Navy said.

A total of 90 firefighters and 100 cars were rushed to the scene as 30,000 people were told to evacuate the area in Norway, the CBC News said. The fire started in a boiler room on the warship and has already been put out.

Another 60 firefighters were called out to deal with other incidents when the destroyer, HMCS Seaspan, returned to Naval Station Esquimalt in B.C.

“Initial reports indicate there was no injury and the ship remained in port while repairs take place,” the Canadian Navy said.

On Sunday, a spokeswoman from the Canadian Department of National Defence told Reuters that the ship will be back in port on Monday for further maintenance. The fire happened while the ship was traveling from Sweden to the coast of Norway.

The Associated Press reported that the smoke set off alarms across Esquimalt, a small town that is home to a major naval station.

“It was pretty scary,” one woman told the AP. “The smoke smell was everywhere, just awful.”

The U.S. 7th Fleet is based in San Diego, California.

The Canadian Navy said they were in close contact with the U.S. Seventh Fleet and Norwegian military officials about the fire incident.

The wildfire near Oslo has dumped about 20 inches of snow in recent days, but that failed to slow transportation in the area as rail and bus services were set to resume in about six hours, the Postet newspaper reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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