Star Princess' Onboard Fire Kills One, Injures 11

One passenger died and 11 suffered from smoke inhalation due to a fire onboard Star Princess around 3 a.m. Thursday morning en route from the Cayman Islands to Jamaica. Early reports at press time said the fire was most likely caused by a cigarette in a cabin. About 150 cabins (decks 9 through 12) were damaged, displacing some 550 passengers to two hotels in Negril and Ocho Rios; the cruise line was also arranging to send some passengers home. The ship was carrying 2,690 passengers and 1,123 crew members, and according to reports, was to sail back to Fort Lauderdale Friday.

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