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Cargo ship fire sparked by hot grain.

A FIRE on board a cargo ship yesterday is believed to have started accidentally.

Fifty firefighters and a specialist marine team spent eight hours tackling the blaze on the vessel docked at Warrenpoint Harbour in Co Down.

The ship had sailed from Riga in Latvia and was carrying 1,000 tonnes of animal feed.

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service assistant chief fire officer John Allen said: "This is an issue that happens with animal feed and grain - at times it is prone to self-heating.

"There was a crew of 12 but at no stage were they in any danger.

"There was no danger to life or the environment."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 5, 2014
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