Workers rushed to hospital after new wellboat catches fire

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Fire was aboard the “Hordagut”, located at the shipyard Fitjar Mekaniske Verksted.

One person has been taken by air ambulance to Haukeland Hospital, Bergen, Western Norway, and three others have been taken to the emergency room for treatment after inhaling toxic fumes after the wellboat “Hordagut” caught fire.

The accident was reported by police just before 4pm on Tuesday.

“Notification of fire in vessels located at Fitjar Mekaniske Verksted. One person is said to be injured, unknown and several people have inhaled smoke. Emergency services are at the scene and the fire service is on hand to control the fire. Currently unclear what is the cause of the incident,” authorities wrote on Twitter.

The fire is said to have occurred on the wellboat “Hordagut”, reported the online newspaper Stord24, which first reported the accident. Half an hour after the fire was reported, it was extinguished.

“The fire has been extinguished. A person who is injured in the fire will receive treatment on site. The extent of damage is unknown, but the person concerned should be conscious. Three other people have inhaled smoke and are being seen by health authorities at the scene,” police said.

“The injured person has been taken by air ambulance to Haukeland Hospital. The three who had inhaled smoke have been taken to the emergency room for further examination. The fire was limited to a room on the deck,” it added.

The cause of the fire is currently unclear. Police are conducting necessary investigations at the scene.