Cause of engine fire on cruise ship identified

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 10:15am

We are learning more about what caused the engine room fire on board the Carnival cruise that left thousands of passengers and crew members stranded at sea for five days. The Coast Guard says a leak in a flexible fuel oil return line was the cause of the fire and investigators say the fuel oil sprayed onto a hot surface and caught fire. The ship left Galveston for a four day cruise but the engine room fire left the ship disabled and stranded for five day at sea. Several tug boats were sent to pull the ship into the Port of Mobile, Alabama late last Thursday.

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