A fire aboard a car-carrying freighter aground on Izu-Oshima Island was extinguished Friday morning after blazing for about 76 hours, the Japan Coast Guard said.
The coast guard, which battled the fire on the 56,835-ton Bahamian-flagged Hual Europe, said it confirmed the flames had been completely extinguished shortly after 10 a.m. The fire started around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.
The Hual Europe ran aground Oct. 1 near Habu port on the island, about 110 km southwest of Tokyo, while en route to Jamaica from Yokohama with a shipment of 3,885 cars, just after departing Yokohama into the teeth of a powerful typhoon.
The ship split down the middle, while the blaze led to some residents of the island being temporarily evacuated.
The ship’s captain, Mangohig Quintin, and 23 crew members, all from the Philippines, were rescued by the coast guard Oct. 2.
The Hual Europe is owned by a Norwegian shipping firm.
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