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An aerial view of Naval Station Norfolk. (Christopher Stoltz/U.S. Navy)

(Tribune News Service) — More than 100 people were evacuated from the Spirit of Norfolk as emergency crews worked to control a fire onboard the dinner cruise ship Tuesday.

Fire and military emergency crews were dispatched just after 12:05 p.m. for a report of a boat fire at Pier 3 at Naval Station Norfolk. The U.S. Coast Guard also called 911 at 12:10 p.m., “indicating that the fire was onboard the Spirit of Norfolk,” Kelly Straub, a spokesperson with the city of Norfolk, said.

The passengers were evacuated onto the tours boat Victory Rover and brought back to dock at Town Point Park. The crew members remained on the ship until it docked at Pier 3 at the naval base.

All 108 passengers and crew members have been accounted for. No injuries were reported.

“The city’s top response priorities are to ensure the safety of residents and the public, as well as the safety of all responders and personnel on the scene,” Straub said.

The U.S. Coast Guard is leading the investigation into the cause of the fire, which has not yet been determined.

Spirit of Norfolk is managed by City Cruises Norfolk, whose parent company is City Experiences. Spirit of Norfolk offers dining cruises and private events on the Elizabeth River. The 187-foot ship can accommodate 480 passengers for dining or 570 for other events, such as cocktail parties.

City Experiences did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the extent of the damage to the ship.

gavin.stone@virginiamedia.com

caitlyn.burchett@virginiamedia.com

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