It has been revealed that four doctors, who were onboard the King Seaways ferry as passengers, helped to treat those who were affected by breathing in smoke.
Humber coastguard watch manager Graham Dawson said it was thanks to their efforts that so few people need to be airlifted to hospital.
He was also full of praise for the crew, whose training he said had "kicked in". He added that it was fortunate that the weather conditions were good and that if this had happened a few days earlier, during fierce storms, there could have been a very different outcome.
Travellers on the North Sea ferry forced to return to the UK after a fire broke out on board have been describing the scenes from last night.
One said fights broke out when it was announced the ship would not be continuing to Holland, while another described the “Chinese whispers” surrounding the causes of the fire.
The Vice President of Communications at DFDS Seaways talks about the fire onboard a ferry travelling from North Shields to Amsterdam.
Gert Jakobsen, a spokesman for ferry operator DFDS Seaways, said the company will try to help passengers forced to abandon their trip to Amsterdam find alternative crossings.
"We are very sorry for those passengers who have not only been affected by the fire but now by these delays," he said.
"We are looking at how we can help them.
"The cabin that was burnt is very damaged and there has been some smoke damage to surrounding cabins but the ship's function has not been affected in any way and is safe to travel."
According to the DFDS Seaways website, the 26-year-old vessel has room for over 1,500 passengers and 600 cars. It was renovated in 2006.
It offers entertainment including restaurants, bars, a nightclub and a casino.
Passengers have begun to leave the Port of Tyne ferry terminal after disembarking the MS King Seaways following a fire on board.
Two men have been arrested - a 26-year-old man on suspicion of arson and a 28-year-old man on suspicion of affray - following the incident. The ferry was on its way to Holland when the incident happened.
Passenger Catherine Jarvis has been keeping friends and family updated via her tweets. Shis is full of praise for the way the ferry's crew handled the incident.
Two men have been arrested by Northumbria Police following a fire on board a ferry in the North Sea.
A pregnant passenger was one of the six people airlifted to hospital off the ferry involved in last night's drama. She and five crew members were airlifted to hospital in Scarborough, it's thought all were suffering from breathing in smoke.
The MS King Seaways ferry, with 946 passengers 127 crew on board had left Newcastle for Amsterdam when a fire broke out in one of the passenger accommodation blocks. It is now back in Newcastle. The rescue operation was co-ordinated by the Humber coastguard.
Passenger Steven Basford tweeted this photograph of passengers waiting to get off King Seaways ferry following a fire on board, which left six people needing hospital treatment.