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31 feared dead in Philippine ferry fire

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195 passengers and 35 crew were rescued from the vessel as it was engulfed by flames off Baluk-Baluk Island in the southern Philippines, authorities said, with bodies found in air-conditioned cabins and an unknown number of people still missing.

The Lady Mary Joy 3 was headed to Jolo Island from Zamboanga City when a fire broke out as passengers slept, causing the captain to run the ship aground to save lives, the Philippine Coast Guard said, citing witness accounts.

At least three children, including a six-month baby, are among the dead, authorities said. The cause of the fire is as-yet undetermined.

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