A sulfur fire breaks out on a cargo ship in Florida, forcing the entire crew to evacuate

A chemical fire erupts on a Florida cargo ship, forcing the entire crew to evacuate after residual sulfur bursts into flames

  • A chemical fire broke out on the cargo ship Kelly Alafia around 5.30am Friday after welding sulfur by-products caught fire
  • Because chemicals were burning, the incident was classified as a hazardous materials operation and the entire crew had to be evacuated
  • According to reports, crew members cleaned the cargo hold before shift change
  • As the oncoming crew boarded the ship, they reportedly smelled smoke and called emergency services
  • The boat was docked at International Ship Repair and Marine Services for repairs
  • No crew members were injured. A firefighter was slightly injured

A sulfur fire broke out on a cargo ship in Florida on Friday, forcing the entire crew to evacuate.

The Tampa Fire Rescue Team responded to a 911 call about a 5:30 a.m. chemical fire on the Kelly Alafia cargo ship.

According to reports, crew members cleaned the cargo hold before shift change. As the oncoming crew boarded the ship, they reportedly smelled smoke and called emergency services.

According to BIG 105.9 radio, crew members and a ship’s chemist on board determined that the cause of the fire was the by-product of sulfur that the ship is transporting.

The Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the fire on the Kelly Alafia and one of their firefighters suffered minor injuries

A chemical fire broke out on the cargo ship Kelly Alafia around 5.30am Friday after welding sulfur by-products caught fire. Because chemicals were burning, the incident was classified as a hazardous materials operation and the entire crew had to be evacuated

The ship was docked at International Ship Repair and Marine Services (pictured) for repairs.  The repair dock has the largest number of operational dry docks in Florida

The ship was docked at International Ship Repair and Marine Services (pictured) for repairs. The repair dock has the largest number of operational dry docks in Florida

Since chemicals were burning, the site had to be classified as a hazardous materials operation and all crew members had to be evacuated.

The fire was later determined to have started due to welding, Tampa Fire Rescue noted.

No crew members were injured. A firefighter is said to have suffered minor injuries.

Savage Marine Services, which oversees the ship, said the boat was docked at International Ship Repair and Marine Services for repairs, WFLA Now reported.

According to the New York Daily News, International Ship Repair and Marine Services is the largest shipyard with operational dry docks in Florida.

Earlier this year, a massive fire broke out on a cargo ship that had sunk thousands of supercars, including Porsches, in the middle of the Atlantic.

The Felicity Ace sank about 250 miles off the Portuguese Azores while being towed, just 13 days after a fire broke out on board, according to the Portuguese Navy.

Earlier this month, the Felicity Ace (pictured) sank about 250 miles off Portugal's Azores Islands while being towed, just 13 days after a fire broke out on board, the Portuguese Navy said

Earlier this month, the Felicity Ace (pictured) sank about 250 miles off Portugal’s Azores Islands while being towed, just 13 days after a fire broke out on board, the Portuguese Navy said

The 650-foot vessel struck starboard before sinking, the ship manager said.

The Portuguese Navy confirmed the sinking and said it occurred outside Portuguese waters. A Portuguese Air Force helicopter was evacuating the 22 crew members when the fire first broke out, leaving the ship adrift.

It wasn’t clear how many cars were on board the ship, but ships the size of the Felicity Ace can carry at least 4,000 vehicles.

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