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    Arrow Ship Fire in the English Channel

    Ship catches fire in English Channel, blaze quickly brought under
    control
    LONDON (AP) - Firefighters isolated a blaze aboard a cargo
    vessel in the English Channel to the hold Monday, keeping the
    flames a safe distance from a shipment of hazardous cargo, the fire
    service said.
    Coastguard spokesmen said the fire had been contained and
    brought under control. The Wester Till was heading for the port of
    Southampton under its own power, said David Williams, watch manager
    for the Solent Coastguard.
    The vessel was unharmed and its engines and navigational
    equipment were working, said Robin Middleton, the secretary of
    state representative for maritime salvage and intervention.
    There were no reports that any cargo had been spilled, Middleton
    added.
    Thirteen Russian crew members remained on board.
    The firefighters were airlifted to the ship Sunday, three miles
    off Beachy Head, on England's southern coast.
    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the Antigua-registered
    vessel was traveling in a shipping lane of the Dover Straits when
    it alerted rescue workers to the fire.
    The Sussex Fire Brigade spokeswoman said the vessel, which
    sailed from Antwerp in Belgium and was believed to be on its way to
    Tunisia, was carrying 512 tons of general cargo and 20 tons of
    unidentified dangerous cargo.

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    Arrow ReKindle?

    LONDON (AP) - Fire re-emerged on a ship in the English Channel
    hours after firefighters thought they had brought the blaze under
    control, the coast guard said.
    The burning vessel was towed into Portsmouth Naval Base on
    England's south coast at around 11:45 a.m. The Hampshire Fire
    Service later said the fire burned itself out.
    After being airlifted to the Wester Till on Sunday, firefighters
    had isolated a blaze to the ship's hold, keeping the flames a safe
    distance from a shipment of hazardous cargo, the fire service said.
    Thinking the fire had been contained, firefighters had planned
    to let the ship travel under its own power Monday to nearby
    Southampton. The 13 Russian crew members had remained on board.
    "The fire had been smoldering during the night and there was
    always the possibility it could flare up again," a coast guard
    spokesman said.
    The new fire was in an area containing only non-hazardous
    material, fire officers said. There were no reports that any cargo
    had been spilled, said Robin Middleton, the secretary of state
    representative for maritime salvage and intervention.
    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the Antigua-registered
    ship was traveling in a shipping lane of the Dover Straits when it
    alerted rescue workers the fire.
    A Sussex Fire Brigade spokeswoman said the vessel, which sailed
    from Antwerp, Belgium, and was believed to be on its way to
    Tunisia, was carrying 512 tons of general cargo and 20 tons of
    unidentified dangerous cargo.
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