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Fire blazes on cargo ship containers off Canada

A fire broke out on Saturday on containers on a cargo ship carrying mining chemicals off British Columbia, Canada.

The Canadian Coast Guard said it is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to assess the situation, including environmental hazards.

At least sixteen crew members were evacuated from the MV Zim Kingston,

while others remained onboard to fight the fire, the Canadian Coast Guard said in a statement late on Saturday.

The agency said it was working with its U.S. counterpart to track 40 containers that had fallen overboard, saying they pose a significant risk to mariners.

Video obtained by Reuters showed fire cascading down from the deck of the ship into the water.

The Zim Kingston reported on Friday that it had encountered rough weather west of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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