The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:
(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Coast Guard marine safety investigators responded Monday to a fire aboard the Carnival Liberty cruise ship in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The cruise ship was carrying 3,346 passengers and 1,150 crew; no injuries were reported.
At approximately 11:45 a.m., watch standers at the Coast Guard Sector San Juan command center received a report from the Carnival Liberty of a fire in the cruise ship's aft engine room while it was moored in St. Thomas.
The Carnival Liberty crew reported that the fire had been extinguished by cruise ship’s CO2 and Hi-Fog fire suppression systems and that all passengers and non-essential crew had been safely disembarked.
Coast Guard marine safety investigators and inspectors from Marine Safety Detachment Saint Thomas are currently on scene with the Carnival Liberty to assess the damage and determine cause of the fire.