Response continues to vessel fire off San Juan Harbor, two pets still missing

Passengers aboard the 561-foot Caribbean Fantasy ferry vessel use the marine escape system to awaiting lift rafts as they abandon the vessel a mile from San Juan Harbor, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016. The Caribbean Fantasy had a fire start in the engine room that spread to other compartments forcing passengers and crew to abandon the vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Caribbean Fantasy had a fire start in the engine room that spread to other compartments forcing passengers and crew to abandon the vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station San Juan, Puerto Rico.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Unified Command continued to respond Thursday to a fire aboard the 561-foot passenger ferry vessel Caribbean Fantasy approximately half a mile off of Punta Salinas.

It has been reported that five pets were rescued Wednesday along with their owners. Two pets may still be aboard the Caribbean Fantasy. The status of those two pets is unknown.

The fire aboard the Caribbean Fantasy is still active. The fire reportedly began in the engine room of the ship and spread to other compartments on board. An attempt to locate and rescue the two pets will be made once it is determined to be safe for rescue teams to enter the vessel.

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