Fire Engulfs Philippine Ship; Hundreds Safe, Only 2 Crew Members Suffered Minor Injuries

A ferry with 544 passengers caught fire after docking in the central Philippines Saturday. All passengers were safe and only two crew members suffered bruises and cuts, officials said.

At least one person jumped overboard to escape thick black smoke. Several people climbed from an upper deck to the main deck to avoid breathing deadly thick, black smoke. No passengers were injured in a fire that engulfed a ferry carrying 544 passengers.

The ferry had just arrived at a pier in the port city of Ormoc on Leyte Island from nearby Cebu city when the fire broke out.

Last month, a ferry departing the same port was tossed about by strong waves and capsized moments after departing Ormoc, killing more than 60 people.

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