Cause of Engine Room Fire on Carnival Cruise Determined

Published 02/19 2013 10:47AM

Updated 02/19 2013 10:49AM

We now know more about what caused the engine room fire on board the Triumph Carnival Cruise ship that left thousands stranded at sea for days. 

The Coast Guard says a leak in a flexible fuel oil return line started the fire. The lead investigator says the fuel oil sprayed onto a hot surface and caught fire. 

The Triumph cruise ship left Galveston, Texas for what was supposed to be a four day cruise but the engine room fire left the ship disabled and stranded for five days. Tug boats very slowly pulled Triumph into the port of Mobile, Alabama late last Thursday night.

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