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200 FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE BLAZE ON CRUISE SHIP

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Portland firefighters Wednesday battled a five-alarm fire aboard the Panamanian cruise ship Bermuda Star at the Portland Ship Repair yard, but only two of the approximately 200-member crew sustained injuries, officials said.

Portland Fire Bureau spokesman Don Mayer said 125 firemen were called out to battle the flames at about 1 p.m.He said the firefighters managed to contain the flames in about two hours, but were still working on cutting through ceilings to extinguish hot spots.

Mayer said two crewmen suffered from smoke inhalation and were taken to a local hospital. No firemen were injured.

He said the fire burned in the central portion of the 618-foot vessel which arrived in Portland Tuesday for 18 days of repair work. It was not immediately known what touched off the blaze.

The ship carried a crew of approximately 200 people.