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RESCUERS ON STAND-BY AFTER TANKER BLAZE.

RESCUE services were last night on stand-by following a fire on a tanker carrying 15,000 tons of molten sulphur.

The blaze started in the engine room of the Kaliope, a vessel registered to the Bahamas, as it sailed 30 miles north-east of Dover.

A Coastguard spokesman said none of the ship's 18 crew were hurt and confirmed that the fire had been contained.

But there were fears that it could flare up again before crew were able to re-open the engine room.

Helicopters were on stand-by at RAF Wattisham, Suffolk, and in Belgium should an evacuation become necessary. A lifeboat from Ramsgate was also alerted.

A coastguard tug was heading to the area where the ship, which was travelling from Brake in Germany to Antwerp in Belgium, was now anchored.
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