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Massive fire engulfing cruise ship docked in Corfu (VIDEO)

A HUGE FIRE has broken out on a cruise ship docked on the greek island of Corfu.

The blaze which broke out on the MSC Lirica at 3.30pm local time is thought to have started in an empty lifeboat.

According to local news reports 51 crew members were on board when the fire started.

However no injuries have been reported so far and there were no passengers on board.

The ship has been docked at the port for the last two weeks while staff wait for the cruise industry to start up again after lockdown.

It is unclear how the fire started. 

Fire crews appeared to have brought the blaze under control by 4.30pm.

Luca Biondolillo, spokesperson for the cruise line, told USA TODAY: “A fire on board MSC Lirica, which seems to be originated in an empty lifeboat on deck 6, was reported to the emergency services earlier today in Corfu where the ship is currently in warm layup,”

Pictures show that one side of the ship was heavily damaged. 

The ship can carry up to 2,548 passengers and 752 crew members when in full operation, according to the cruise line.

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