Fire aboard Philippine ship kills at least 23


A fire broke out on a Philippine inter-island ship today, killing at least 23 people and leaving about 50 missing.

At least 219 people were rescued from the MV Maria Carmelaafter it caught fire as it neared port 11 miles off Lucena city in Quezon province, the Montenegro Shipping Lines Inc said in a statement.

The company said 243 passengers and 47 crew were on board.