Cargo ship explosion in Philippines injures at least six, causes fire in Manila slum
- Two are missing after a fire and explosion on a cargo ship which was refuelling in the Pasig River in the Philippine capital
- Smouldering debris and fuel drums from the ship floated in the river and sparked a fire that affected about 40 shanties
A fire and a powerful blast ripped through a small cargo ship docked to refuel in the
It was not immediately clear what triggered the fire, which raged for about seven hours aboard the MV Titan 8 and forced its crew to jump in panic into the Pasig River.
At least two crewmen who were on the vessel remained unaccounted for.
The vessel, which was carrying fuel drums, had docked at a wharf in Manila’s Tondo slum district to refuel before a domestic trip to the western Palawan province.
The explosion rocked the vessel in the midmorning followed by a fire.
Some crew members jumped off the ship following the explosion. Four crew members of the Titan 8 were injured, while two crew members from a ship moored nearby were also hurt, the coastguard said.
Smouldering debris and fuel drums from the Titan floated in the river and sparked a fire in a nearby slum that affected about 40 structures, mostly shanties, the Bureau of Fire Protection said.
Hundreds of residents were evacuated as firefighters put out the fire.
Officials said coastguard personnel on boats with water cannons helped extinguish the blaze.
The coastguard said it had dispatched rescue divers and deployed booms to control any oil spill from the vessel.
Additional reporting by DPA