A ferry was engulfed in fire in the Philippines and seven people died

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The MV Mercraft 2, a high-speed Philippine ferry carrying 134 people caught fire on Monday morning just before reaching the port of Real in Quezon province, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of the capital Manila. The fire emerged in the engine room and rapidly spread from the engine room to the upper passenger deck .Seven people – five women and two men – have died. Many of the 134 passengers and crew jumped into the water. Fishing boats and other vessels were able to approach quickly and everybody helped. 120 passengers had been rescued and 23 of them were treated for injuries. Three are in critical condition. The coast guard said everyone on the ferry had been accounted for.

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The cause of the fire was not immediately clear. It was not the first accident involving the company that owned the Mercraft. In December 2017, another vessel which carried about 251 passengers capsized between the waters of Dinahican Point, Quezon and Polillo Island. The country also had a history of such accidents. In 1987, around 5,000 people died in the world’s worst peacetime shipping disaster, when the overloaded passenger ferry Dona Paz collided with an oil tanker. After today accident other ferries operated by the owner of Mercraft 2 would likely be suspended from operating while undergoing safety inspections, officials said.