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HMCS Protecteur, based in B.C., experiences engine room fire at sea

02/28/2014 01:49 EST | Updated 04/30/2014 05:59 EDT
A fire broke out in the engine room of the warship HMCS Protecteur in the mid-Pacific with more than 300 aboard while it was returning from operational duties.

Only minor injuries were reported from the fire, which began on Thursday around 10:20 p.m. PT, according to maritime forces public affairs.

The naval office said the fire was extinguished by sailors on board the ship, which is based in Esquimault, B.C.

HMCS Protecteur is currently about 340 nautical miles (630 km) northeast of Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.

The ship has limited power and is attempting to return to Peal Harbour, said Canadian navy officials. The  U.S. navy has sent the destroyer USS Michael Murphy, to provide assistance to the Protecteur.

In the meantime, Protecteur personnel are conducting a full damage assessment.

In addition to the 279 crew members, there are 17 family members and two civilian contractors also on board.

The navy says having family members on board for the last part of a sail is a common practice with Royal Canadian Navy ships returning from extended operations and exercises.

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