According to a news source, an engine room fire on a Staten Island Ferry ship forced the evacuation of close to 900 passengers.
Shortly after 5 p.m., according to the New York City Fire Department, units were dispatched to a fire report in a ship’s mechanical room in upper New York Bay. Thursday, according to WNBC-TV.
Three of the five reported injuries required hospital care, according to WNBC.
The Sandy Ground carried 868 passengers and 16 crew members, according to Deputy Assistant Fire Chief Frank Leeb, who also spoke at a news conference.
The passengers were taken to the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island by the U.S. Coast Guard.
The ferry’s crew members were likewise removed from the vessel. According to the TV station, the evacuation was completed in about an hour.
According to Leeb, the department will wait at least 24 hours to ascertain whether the fire has been put out and keep an eye on the temperature in the engine room.
According to the fire brigade, the fire was limited to the ship’s engine room and stack.
Leeb praised the ship’s crew for alerting the Coast Guard immediately. According to Leeb, the engine room was shut, the area was evacuated, and CO2 was poured into the space to displace the oxygen.
According to the NYC Department of Transportation, Sandy Ground was momentarily anchored close to Bayonne, New Jersey, as passengers were being relocated.
According to a spokeswoman, one of NY Waterway’s ferries helped with the evacuation.