The 85 meter long self-propelled tanker-barge Leila caught fire on the Mittelland Canal near Gehlenbeck, Germany. The Leila was loaded with 1200 tons of heating oil from Essen to Hannover when the two crew on board spotted smoke coming from the crew quarters. The crew found the room was filled with smoke and flames appearing behind the refrigerator. The crew attempted to extinguish the fire, but the fire quickly grew out of control. The two men escaped to the forepeak as the fire consumed the crew quarters, engine room and wheelhouse. The local fire brigade arrived on scene and were able to extinguish the blaze. No reports of injuries and no pollution was released. Damage to the Leila was reported to be over 600000 €, but the cargo was undamaged and will be unloaded.