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Blaze on cross-Channel ferry leaves ten injured

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Blaze on cross-Channel ferry leaves ten injured
A DFDS Seaways ferry, one of whose fleet was hit by a fire on Thursday. Photo: Olaf Kraak/AFP

Ten people were injured in a fire on a cross-channel ferry in the British port of Dover on Thursday, but all passengers were evacuated safely, officials said.

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The incident happened while the DFDS Seaways ferry, which was due to set sail for the French port of Calais, was still in dock, Dover port authorities said.

"All ferry passengers have been safely disembarked," the Port of Dover said in a statement.

Three firefighters suffered "flash burns" and a number of crew members were also hurt when the fire broke out in the vessel's engine room, Kent Fire and Rescue Service said.

Paramedics said they treated a total of ten people, eight of whom were taken to hospital with burns to the face, arms and hands.

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