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A small fire Thursday morning aboard a government marine research ship harbored at Kobe port slightly injured three crew members, police and firefighters said.

The fire started at around 9 a.m. on the third deck of the 4,439-ton Yokosuka, which is owned by the government-affiliated Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, the police said.

The three injured crew members were involved in extinguishing the fire. Although they inhaled smoke, their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, they said.

At the time of the fire, about 100 workers and crew members were aboard the Yokosuka. The fire was caused by sparks from welding.

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