Fire Aboard Russian Cruise Liner Leaves One Dead and Over 300 Evacuated

A fire aboard a Russian cruise ship left one person dead last week, and resulted in the evacuation of approximately 320 more.

The river cruise ship Pyotr Tchaikovsky was docked in St. Petersburg on Thursday morning when a fire broke out in one of the mechanic’s cabin rooms reports Other reports indicate that the fire began in the ship’s engine room.

When firefighters arrived on the scene they had to cross through another ship, the Sergey Diaghilev, in order to provide assistance to the Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The Sergey Diaghilev was docked beside the Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Cruise ship fires are a relatively regular occurrence. Fires can cause all manner of damage to the ships, with some severe fires resulting in total power loss. Occasionally the fires result in injuries and death such as that which occurred aboard the Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

On April 10, 2016 Omaha, Nebraska residents Larry and Christy Hammer were killed in a cruise ship fire while taking an Amazonian cruise in Peru. Earlier this year U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) introduced a bill to provide for greater accountability in these tragic occurrences.