Hundreds evacuated after fire torches passenger vessel in Philippines

A large fire engulfed the passenger ship MV Wonderful Stars while docked at the port in Ormoc city, central Philippines on Saturday, causing the frantic evacuation of hundreds of passengers and crew.

Local media reported that all the ship, carrying 544 passengers, was evacuated safely while three crewmembers were reportedly injured during the accident.

Photos showed the captain and crewmembers even jumping from the top deck of the ship into the water to avoid the flames and thick smoke.

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