Tennessee fire chief talks of fire on cruise ship

The chief of the Brentwood, Tenn., fire department says he knew a cruise with his wife and six teenagers would make memories.

The fire-damaged exterior of Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship is seen while docked in Freeport, Grand Bahama island, Monday, May 27, 2013. Royal Caribbean said the fire occurred early Monday while on route from Baltimore to the Bahamas on the mooring area of deck 3 and was quickly extinguished. All 2,224 guests and 796 crew were safe and accounted for. (AP Photo/The Freeport News, Jenneva Russell)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The chief of the Brentwood, Tenn., fire department says he knew a cruise with his wife and six teenagers would make memories.

He discovered what kind early Monday when the fire alarm went off aboard the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas at the same time the public address system was announcing a fire on board and stewards were pounding on stateroom doors.

Chief Brian Goss spoke by telephone from Baltimore. He said his family and their friends arrived in the city around 1 a.m. Wednesday after a weather system grounded their flight from the Bahamas for more than four hours.

Goss said people remained calm until life boats were brought down to boarding level and then a couple of people passed out. Passengers never boarded the lifeboats.


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