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At least seven people were killed and 127 people were rescued after a ferry caught fire in the Philippines on Monday. The vessel, with 124 passengers and 10 crew members on board, was traveling to a town in Quezon province, and the cause of the fire is being investigated by local authorities.

MANILA, May 23 (Xinhua) -- A ferry with 124 passengers and 10 crew members on board caught fire on Monday while traveling to a town in Quezon province on the main Luzon island, leaving at least seven dead, a spokesperson for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.

Commodore Armand Balilo said the vessel Mercraft 2 left at 5:00 a.m. local time in Polillo, an island town in the province, and was heading to a port of Real town when it caught fire around 6:30 a.m. local time approximately 900 meters from the port.

Balilo said at least 127 people were rescued after the passengers and crew jumped into the sea to escape the burning boat. Twenty-four were injured, he added.

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The PCG said in an updated report that all passengers and crew were accounted for.

Photos and videos of the incident provided by the PCG showed a blaze engulfing the boat and people scampering to leave the burning ferry onto a raft. Another photo showed people clinging to floating objects and ropes. A video also showed a PCG member reviving a man.

Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire which reportedly came from the boat's engine room.

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