Coast Guard: Cause of cruise ship fire was a leak

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ATLANTA (AP) — Now that investigators have determined the origins of the engine-room fire that paralyzed a Carnival cruise ship at sea for five days, they will try to learn more about the cause, the crew's response, and why the ship was disabled for so long.

A Coast Guard official said Monday that a leak in a fuel oil return line caused the fire that disabled the Carnival Triumph in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving 4,200 people without power or working toilets for five days.

Cmdr. Teresa Hatfield praised the crew for doing "a very good job" of containing the fire.

She told reporters in a conference call that the investigation will take six months. The Bahamas, the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board are all investigating.

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