More than 500 evacuated in cruise ship fire near Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico say more than 500 passengers have been evacuated after a small fire erupted on a cruise ship that runs between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Police say smoke was spotted on Wednesday aboard the Caribbean Fantasy as it traveled near Puerto Rico’s north coast. Police officer Aurelis Colon said in a phone interview that the ship has since docked safely in Puerto Rico.

The U.S. Coast Guard Southeast division tweeted about the incident earlier Wednesday morning.

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