Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Fire broke out on board of the tow ship “Polana”, sailing in the Danube river not far from the city of Ruse. The reason for the fire was a short circuit in the electric installation in the motor compartment.
The ship was towing barges with corn. The fire was extinguished late in the afternoon and there are no victims and injured. The situation remained very risky before the fire was put down because there was 40 tons of fuel on board of the ship. Romanian and Bulgarian firemen were participating in the operation. The fate of the ship now is in the hands of the Romanian authorities since the tow ship is on Romanian territory. There is no danger of ecological crisis in the region. The corn was also safe because the rescuers divided the towboat from the barges.