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Tourists escape fire aboard cruise boat

2012-11-03 20:30

Cairo - A fire probably caused by a short-circuit aboard an Egyptian cruise ship forced 77 tourists to be evacuated until the blaze was put out, state-run news agency Mena reported on Saturday, adding that no one was hurt.

The fire broke out at near the stern of the Nile cruise ship between the pharaonic hub of Luxor and the town of Esna, also home to archaeological sites, in southern Egypt.

Mena said that some of the 77 tourists refused to re-embark after the fire was extinguished. It did not give the nationalities of those on board.

Nile cruises are a major attraction in Egypt where tourism is a key revenue earner.