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.
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