Three sailors killed in the fire of a Russian ship in the port of Las Palmas

The fire started in the engine room of the fishing boat and the smoke could be seen for miles

A fire unleashed on Thursday afternoon in the Russian fishing boat Sveaborg , docked at the large spring dock of the port of La Luz, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has claimed the lives of three sailors, whose bodies have already been located, and has caused poisoning injuries to four others.

The firefighters will proceed to the rescue of the deceased when the security conditions are met. The origin of the flames is still unknown, but it is known that maintenance and repair work was being carried out on the large fishing vessel.

At first, two men, 50 and 62 years old, were poisoned by smoke inhalation and were transferred in an ambulance to the Doctor Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria. Shortly afterwards, two other men, of unknown age, were referred with the same symptoms of poisoning to the port’s medical center.

The firefighters, who displaced up to nine vehicles, proceeded to extinguish the fire and located the lifeless bodies of three other missing persons inside the ship, whose rescue has not yet been carried out.

The fire started in the ship’s engine room around 3:12 p.m. on Thursday, Christmas Eve, and mobilized emergency teams. Firefighters dispatched five of their trucks, plus four other smaller vehicles. At the end of that day, there were still some hot spots on the ship that could not be accessed.

The director of the port of Las Palmas, Francisco Trujillo, explained that, although “the flames could never be seen because they affected a plant below the deck”, the smoke was observed from almost anywhere in the capital of Gran Canaria .

Trujillo has reported that the Sveaborg consignee was in charge on Thursday night of looking for “accommodation for the crew” – more than fifty people – who will not be able to return to their residence on the ship until the Police prepare their reports National, the Civil Guard and the Fire Fighting and Rescue Service of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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