NY: Fire forces evacuation of ferry passengers

NEW YORK (HPD) — Emergency crews have evacuated about 900 passengers and crew from a ferry sailing from Manhattan to Staten Island after an engine room fire sent clouds of smoke over New York Harbor, authorities said. on Friday.

Five people were injured in the fire on Thursday, three of whom were hospitalized with minor injuries, the Fire Department said at a news conference.

Rescue units arrived shortly after 5 p.m. to transfer the passengers to other vessels.

The Sandy Ground ship was temporarily anchored near Bayonne, New Jersey, while passengers were transferred. A NY Waterway spokesman said one of its vessels assisted in the rescue and brought passengers to the St. George Terminal on Staten Island.

There were about 868 passengers and 16 crew members aboard the Sandy Ground, Deputy Fire Chief Frank Leeb said at a news conference.

The department will wait 24 hours and monitor the temperature before entering the engine room to determine if the flames are fully extinguished.

Authorities said the fire was under investigation.

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