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Fire Temporarily Disables Cruise Ship From San Francisco To Hawaii

HONOLULU (CBS SF) -- A fire aboard a cruise ship from San Francisco disabled the vessel for a period Monday morning as it approached Hawaii, according to authorities.

The Coast Guard said the Grand Princess cruise ship with approximately 2,600 passengers and 1,000 crew members aboard was about 100 miles northeast of Hilo when the fire broke out in its engine room sometime before 8:00 a.m. local time.

The fire caused the ship to lose propulsion and electricity for a time.

Within the hour, the crew of the Grand Princess was able to quickly extinguish the fire, restart its engine, and resume its voyage, according to the Coast Guard.

The Grand Princess did not need any additional assistance getting into port, the Coast Guard said. There was no immediate word on any injuries or what cause the fire.

In January 2014, a crew member aboard the Grand Princess apparently jumped overboard and was lost at sea during a cruise from San Francisco to Hawaii.

In 2013, an elderly passenger aboard the Grand Princess suffering from kidney failure was rescued at sea by a Coast Guard helicopter.


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