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Probe into engine fire on Oscar Wilde ferry

AN INVESTIGATION is under way into a fire on board the Oscar Wilde ferry.

The vessel, operated by Irish Ferries, had been in dry dock in Falmouth, Cornwall, for its annual refit.

It left yesterday afternoon with 113 crew members on board. The crew then reported a fire in the engine room just before 7.30pm yesterday.

Falmouth Coastguard sent out its tug, Anglian Princess, and requested the launch of two lifeboats. Three more tugs from Falmouth docks were also launched. A firefighting team was airlifted to the ship.

However, the blaze was "suppressed" by the fire systems onboard, the coastguard said.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.