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Hundreds rescued after Baltic Sea ferry explosion

Hundreds of passengers and crew were evacuated from a ferry in the Baltic Sea after an explosion on board sparked a fire, according to German authorities.

Emergencies services struggle to extinguish the fire

Emergencies services struggled to extinguish the fire

A Lithuanian ferry with more than 230 people on board has caught fire in the Baltic Sea after an explosion.

The passenger and car ferry Lisco Gloria was en route from the German city of Kiel to Klaipeda, Lithuania, when the explosion occurred on the upper deck around midnight.

The cause of the explosion remains unclear.

The fire reportedly spread quickly, but nearby ships, responding to a distress call, evacuated all passengers and crew safely.

Firefighters said the empty ferry was still burning the entire length of the ship on Saturday morning. The Danish ship Marie Milj, which specializes in environmental problems, is heading to the area to deal with any potential spill of the ship's diesel fuel.

"There are currently no indications at all that this could have been a terror attack," a spokesman for the German Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said Saturday. "Of course the police will investigate this further, but it seems to have been an accident."

Author: Darren Mara (dpa/Reuters)

Editor: Sean Sinico

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