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Firefighters responded to a fire aboard a 100-foot cargo ship in Honolulu Harbor that forced the crew to evacuate Tuesday night.

The initial call came in at 7:40 p.m. and firefighters arrived at the scene on board a French-flagged 469-foot cable ship at 7:46 p.m., said fire Capt. David Jenkins.

The fire was reported in the generator room, where onboard fire brigade crew members contained the fire to the compartment and activated a carbon dioxide extinguishing system.

Light smoke was seen coming from the bow of the ship, and the fuel was shut off, Jenkins said.

The Fire Department set up a command post on Nimitz Highway near Hilo Hattie’s.

A fire dispatcher said those aboard the ship had evacuated before 8 p.m.

Honolulu firefighters helped the crew ventilate the smoke and extinguish the fire, using thermal imaging cameras to search for hot spots and the ship

No injuries were reported and no fuel spills were detected.

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