The Calypso, a Louis Hellenic Cruises ship with 700 people onboard, caught fire Saturday morning in the English Channel, just hours after leaving the port of Tilbury in Essex, England.

The Calypso was en route to St. Peter Port in Guernsey, a British island in the Channel. There were no reported casualties.

Firefighters flew out to the ship to fight the blaze. Passengers disembarked in Southampton, England, where the Calypso was towed back to once the fire was extinguished, said Nicholas Filippidis, director of product development in North America for Louis Hellenic Cruises.

The fire broke out in the engine room of the ship, Filippidis said, adding that no cause has yet been determined. Filippidis said the ship will likely be out of service for one or two weeks for repair.

The important thing is no one was injured and everything worked out well, said Filipiddis.

He also said that passengers scheduled to sail during the time the ship is being repaired would be given refunds, but that no official announcement has been made.

To contact reporter Johanna Jainchill, send e-mail to [email protected].

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