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Small fire extinguished on ferry crossing Baltic

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — A fire broke out Sunday evening on a passenger ferry with more than 230 people on board as it crossed the Baltic Sea from Germany to Sweden, coast guard officials said.

The small blaze, which started in the engine room, was extinguished after about three hours, and the 171-yard-long ship was being towed back to Germany with the passengers still on board, coast guard spokesman Kjell Abrahamsson said.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze was not known.

The fire broke out as the Sassnitz ferry was traveling from the German city of the same name to the Swedish city of Trelleborg.

The ferry, owned by Scandlines, was stalled by the fire about 25 miles south of Trelleborg, a city on the southern tip of Sweden.