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London firefighters put out blaze on historic clipper Cutty Sark, small part of ship damaged

FILE In this Monday, May 21, 2007 file photo, firefighters spray water onto the 19th century clipper Cutty Sark, which started burning earlier Monday morning, on the ship's dry dock in Greenwich, London. London firefighters have extinguished a small blaze on the 19th-century sailing ship Cutty Sark, a tourist attraction that was restored after a major fire in 2007. London Fire Brigade said four engines and 21 firefighters were called to the fire Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 and that “a small part of the ship” was damaged. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

FILE In this Monday, May 21, 2007 file photo, firefighters spray water onto the 19th century clipper Cutty Sark, which started burning earlier Monday morning, on the ship's dry dock in Greenwich, London. London firefighters have extinguished a small blaze on the 19th-century sailing ship Cutty Sark, a tourist attraction that was restored after a major fire in 2007. London Fire Brigade said four engines and 21 firefighters were called to the fire Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 and that “a small part of the ship” was damaged. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)  (The Associated Press)

London firefighters have extinguished a small blaze on the 19th-century sailing ship Cutty Sark, a tourist attraction that was restored after a major fire in 2007.

London Fire Brigade said four engines and 21 firefighters were called to the fire Sunday morning, and that "a small part of the ship" was damaged.

The fastest ship of its day, the Cutty Sark was launched in 1869 and was designed to carry tea from the far east back to Britain.

The vessel was gutted by fire in May 2007 while it was being refurbished. Investigators blamed the blaze on a vacuum cleaner that had been left running.

It took five years of work and millions of pounds (dollars) before it reopened to the public in Greenwich, southeast London.