A fire broke out on a cargo ship off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, sparking what the Canadian Coast Guard is calling a “massive and evolving” fire.
The Canadian Coast Guard said in a statement that the fire on board MV Bulk Sulphur claimed the lives of two crew members.
At least 25 people have been evacuated from the ship, which is carrying a load of sugar.
The news comes in the wake of a sinking of a Costa Concordia cruise ship that killed at least 32 people in 2012.
Canadian Coast Guard spokeswoman Alison Carrison said there was a well-concealed fire at the ship’s factory below-deck.
Carrison said the statement from the Canadian Coast Guard is on the condition that it is not completely accurate.
Carrison said there was an explosion on deck after the ship had completed an emergency action plan and was underway for a port-to-port exchange in Bracebridge, Ontario. She said the ship was travelling in from Newfoundland.
“We think there was something bad at the back of the ship,” Carrison said. “We don’t know what it was, but someone probably began tampering with the heating system or something.”
Carrison said the fire was extinguished on the ship and then resumed in the factory.
“It’s only now that we understand the extent of the fire,” she said.