UK boat company suspends service after blaze

London Duck Boat Tours suspends boat trips on Thames after blaze

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UK boat company suspends service after blaze
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In this photo released by The Fire Rescue Service, showing the London Duck Tours boat, left, as rescue services extinguish the flames after it caught on fire near to the houses of Parliament in central London Sunday Sept. 29, 2013. About 30 passengers jumped to safety from the vessel after it burst into flames on the river Thames. Some of the passengers are reported being treated for smoke inhalation and minor injuries, and the reason for the incident is not yet clear. (AP Photo/Phil Beasley-Harling, Fire and Rescue Services) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

LONDON (AP) -- A British tour boat company has suspended its boat trips on the River Thames after a dangerous fire onboard one of its vessels forced the rescue of some 30 people.

London Duck Boat Tour said Monday its river operations will be halted until the cause of the fire has been established. It will be offering only land-based tours.

Passengers abandoned the amphibious "duck boat" after it was nearly engulfed by flames and heavy smoke and had to be rescued from the river Saturday. Three people were treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation.

The company says it is cooperating with investigators.

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