Fire Sparks in Carnival Liberty Cruise Ship Engine Room

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By Elisha Fieldstadt

Passengers and crew aboard a Caribbean Carnival Cruise through the holiday weekend got a scare Monday when a fire broke out in one of the ship's engine rooms.

No one was injured in the fire, which sparked while the 952-foot-long Carnival Liberty was docked on the Island of St. Thomas, according to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The cause of the fire, which was extinguished by the boat’s automated fire extinguishing system, was under investigation, Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement. All guests were evacuated to shore during the fire, the statement said.

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Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement that all guests were evacuated to shore.

The ship, which can hold nearly 3,000 guests, is on the second day of a seven-day cruise that left San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sunday, according to Carnival. The cruise line said passengers would be allowed back on the boat after authorities deemed it was safe, but it wouldn’t set sail again until at least 8 p.m.