A cruise ship caught fire this week in Jamaica, but the flames were fortunately put out swiftly. The Royal Caribbean cruise ship did not suffer any major damage; however, one crewmember did reportedly need emergency treatment for a first-degree burn. UPI News reveals this Wednesday, July 22, 2015, that the vessel was originally based in Port Canaveral, and several witnesses said they could see smoke billowing from the ship for a period of time.
Thanks to the gift of modern technology, people almost anywhere can capture something on camera and both quickly and efficiently share their findings with the world. One witness of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship catching fire this week managed to snap several photos of smoke pouring from the Freedom of the Seas before uploading the images to social media site Facebook. The vessel was docked at the time in a Jamaican port.
Royal Caribbean officials have since confirmed that a contained fire did break out aboard the ship, but it was extinguished quickly. Some details on how the fire first started are still being investigated, but it was confirmed that the flames originated in a cited “mechanical space” aboard the ship. The cruise line giant took to Twitter to convey the breaking news.
“#FreedomOfTheSeas experienced a fire this morning in a mechanical space. The fire was contained & extinguished, all systems are functioning.”
WESH News rightfully notes that when a cruise ship catches fire, people may react chaotically in fear for their safety. Thankfully in this case, both officials and machines were able to counteract the threat efficiently. A spokesperson for Royal Caribbean Cruise ships stated that the automatic fire suppression system aboard the ship activated as soon as detectors sensed the billows of smoke. As a result, the flames were curbed and the fire put out before it could spread to other parts of the vessel.
Emergency evacuation procedures were also followed, preventing most potential injuries aboard the Freedom of the Seas. However, an update on this story mentions that one crewmember did suffer from a first-degree burn, but was quickly treated by medical personnel. The systems aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise line are now functioning correctly again.
For infrequent cruise goers who may not know, the Freedom of the Seas remains a popular Royal Caribbean ship that can carry well over 3,500 passengers and an additional 1,300 crewmembers. It left from Cape Canaveral on Sunday afternoon, and was in Jamaica at port when the fire occurred. It remains unknown at this time how many guests were aboard the vessel when the smoke was first seen. There were no reports of injuries among these guests.