American Empress fire quickly put out, no injuries

American Empress is operated by American Queen Steamboat Co. American Empress is operated by American Queen Steamboat Co. (File photo)

A fire Thursday night in the engine room of Pacific Northwest riverboat American Empress was quickly contained and put out by the crew, with no injuries.

The fire in one of the boat's generators occurred while American Empress was in The Dalles, Oregon.

Passengers remained on board and went on excursions today.

The American Queen Steamboat Co. said it is working closely with the Coast Guard to survey the situation.

John Waggoner, AQSC chairman, commended the crew for their actions and said 'procedures were followed in an incredibly smooth, timely fashion, putting our guests at ease.'

American Empress remains in The Dalles for now. AQSC said the boat will operate its next cruise as scheduled, embarking Nov. 13.

Posted 10 November 2017

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Anne Kalosh

US editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News

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