7 traditional wooden ships burn in factory in southern Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Seven traditional wooden dhow vessels caught fire Wednesday in a factory in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

There were no reports of casualties and the fire was eventually contained, ISNA said.

Authorities were investigating the cause of the fire, but paint thinner and wood paint are highly flammable and failure to follow safeguards can result in fire.

Dhows are traditional sailing vessels usually built for fishing in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

There was no indication of sabotage.

An explosion on June 2 damaged a building at the underground Natanz nuclear site in central Iran where a new centrifuge assembly center is located.

Less than a week earlier, there was an explosion in an area east of Tehran that analysts believe hides an underground tunnel system and missile production sites.