12 people, including 7 children, seriously injured in yacht fire in Riga

2017-07-16 21:50:07 GMT2017-07-17 05:50:07(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

RIGA, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Twelve people, including sevenchildren, have suffered serious injuries in a fire that broke outon a yacht in the Latvian capital Riga on Sunday afternoon, rescueservices said.

The State Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the dangerousfire on a yacht some 200 meters from a marina in Daugavgrivashortly after 4:30 p.m. local time, LETA news agency reportedciting the rescue service.

Inta Saboha, a spokeswoman for the State Fire and RescueService, told public radio that the blaze broke out after theyacht's mast brushed against a high voltage cable. The flamesspread to a 20 square meters large area.

Nine ambulance vehicles were dispatched to the scene to provideassistance to the people injured in the fire. The injured peoplehave been taken to hospitals and their injuries, mostly burns, areserious, the report said.

Firemen are still working at the scene to put out the fire onthe yacht. Enditem