15 May 2004,An engine room fire was extingished and
no one was injured after the ship caught fire with 160 passengers
onboard (560 capacity) when it was 3 miles (30 minutes)
south of Port Everglades. It was towed back to Port Everglades
two hours later and passengers were offloaded.About a dozen
people suffered minor injuries after fire broke out aboard
a gambling cruise ship carrying about 160 people on Sunday,
Rescue workers examined the passengers as a precaution after
the ship docked, but all were released, said Lt. David Erdman
of the Broward County fire department. Some passengers were
treated for minor smoke inhalation, Coast Guard Petty Officer
Anastasia Burns said.
The fire on the SunCruz Casino cruise ship was reported
about half an hour after the vessel left at noon for a five-hour
sail from Dania Beach, Burns said. The ship was three miles
south of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale when the fire
The ship -- the SunCruz V, a 160-foot vessel that can hold
560 people -- was towed to Port Everglades about two hours
later with everyone still on board, officials said. All
passengers were off the ship by about 3 p.m., Burns said.
Broward firefighters who reached the ship while it was still
at sea sealed the engine room's airtight doors to contain
the blaze, Erdman said. When they opened the doors while
the ship was in port, the fire was out, he said.
The cause of the fire was unknown, but an investigation
was planned, Burns said.
People on board were sent to the outdoor top deck and were
given life vests after the fire started.
One passenger, Betty Davis of Fort Lauderdale, said patrons
were told that a generator caught fire, sparking the blaze.
"The whole boat filled with smoke," Davis said.
"And without the motor going, the boat was really rocking
Leslie Ford, a ticket sales representative for SunCruz,
had no other details of the incident. The ship's evening
sail was canceled, Ford said.
The cruise line's ships feature slot machines and table