Denmark: Cargo Ship Carrying Scrap Metal Engulfed in Flames

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The Copenhagen fire service successfully extinguished a fire aboard the cargo ship Ann Rousing after 30 hours of battling the flames. The fire was reported on October 13 and continued to burn overnight and into the weekend. Despite concerns about the large volume of smoke, the fire department was able to prevent the vessel from capsizing and the fire from spreading to an adjacent warehouse. The ship, which arrived in Copenhagen from Odense, was carrying scrap metal, but it is unclear where the fire originated.

Pictures from the fire department showed flames and thick smoke coming from the ship’s open cargo hold. Water cannons were used to extinguish the fire, with assistance from a neighboring fire company and emergency services. By October 14, the fire had been reduced to a few small pockets, but efforts to cool the ship and prevent re-ignition continued. The ship was also listing, prompting efforts to dewater it and the installation of a containment barrier as a precaution.

Overall, the fire aboard the Ann Rousing was successfully controlled and extinguished without serious incident. The fire department’s efforts focused on preventing the vessel from capsizing and the fire from spreading. Ongoing measures were taken to cool the ship and cargo and prevent re-ignition. The cause of the fire remains unknown, and it is unclear whether it started on the ship or from the scrap metal.

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