Crew Member Injured in Freedom of the Seas Fire

MIAMI (Miami Herald/TNS) -

Fire broke out in a mechanical area on Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas as the ship was arriving in Jamaica Wednesday, prompting the captain to send passengers to their emergency assembly stations.

No passengers were reported hurt, but one crew member suffered first-degree burns. All systems on the ship were functioning, the Miami-based cruise company said.

The 3,782-passenger ship, which left Florida on Sunday, was pulling into Falmouth, Jamaica, at about 9:15 a.m. when the fire started. The fire-suppression system was “immediately activated,” according to a statement, and contained and put out the blaze.

Guests were sent to their assembly stations “in an abundance of caution,” the statement said. Some passengers tweeted pictures of crowds packed together, many wearing orange life vests.

Around 12:30 p.m., the company said in a tweet from its corporate Royal Caribbean Cruises account, @RCLCorp, that passengers “should be off the ship soon to enjoy their time in Falmouth.”

The ship, which launched in 2006, is on a seven-night Caribbean sailing with stops in Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard will inspect the ship when it returns to a U.S. port, the agency said in a tweet.