Two firefighters have lost their lives while battling a fierce fire that erupted on a cargo ship at Port Newark, New Jersey.
According to CBS sources, the fire broke out on the Italian-flagged Grande Costa D’Avorio vessel on 5 July around 9.30 pm, engulfing multiple vehicles on the ship and spreading to at least two floors above.
Originating from Baltimore, the Grande Costa D’Avorio had completed a journey of approximately two days before docking at Corbin and Marsh streets in Port Newark.
Information regarding the exact cause of the fire remains unknown.
Owned by the renowned Grimaldi Group, a prominent family-owned shipping company based in Italy, the ship specialises in transporting cars and shipping containers.
Expressing deep sorrow, the Group released a statement on 6 July, acknowledging the loss of two firefighters during the firefighting operations.
Situated in close proximity to New York City, Port Newark falls under the jurisdiction of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.