Inquiry set up after cruise liner fire

A fatal fire in which 3 people died on the cruise liner Oceania Insignia has led to an investigation by the ship's owners.

The liner was docked at the island of St Lucia when a fire was believed to have started in an engine room.

According to Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, owners of the Oceania, 2 contractors and 1 crew member were fatally burned in the blaze. One member of the crew was hospitalised on the island, reportedly suffering from smoke-induced respiratory depression.

The tragedy occurred on Thursday 11 December, 4 days into a 10-day tour of the Caribbean from Puerto Rico to Miami.

Jason Lasecki, a spokesman for Norwegian, confirmed that the liner's 656 passengers were safely evacuated and the tour was suspended.

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