Fire on Staten Island ferry was result of fuel leak

After a fire broke out aboard intra-New York ferry Sandy Ground (MMSI 368143060) between Manhattan and Staten Island on December 22nd (IMN, January 3rd) a preliminary investigation by the US Coast Guard concluded that the fire resulted from a fuel leak in the engine room of the vessel.

The fire resulted in five minor injuries, with three people being transported to local hospitals.

The USCG said that the fire suppression system acted as it was designed to do. It extinguished the fire and locked the air-tight engine room doors.

Another investigation was still ongoing in Staten Island.

The 320ft-long Sandy Ground entered service earlier this year as the second of three new 4,500-passenger Ollis-class ferries.