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Published: Thursday, 12/19/2013


Carnival warned of risks before fire, records show


McALLEN, Texas — Carnival Cruise Lines knew of a risk leak from engine-fuel hoses and advised precautions on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph that caught fire, documents state.

A notice sent to the Triumph a month before it left Galveston Feb. 7 for a four-day cruise recommended spray shields be installed on engines’ fuel hoses, according to the documents filed Tuesday by Carnival Cruise Lines in federal court in Miami.

A leak from an engine hose led to a fire Feb. 10 as the ship returned from Cozumel, Mexico. No one was injured, but the fire disabled the ship. More than 4,000 people aboard endured a nightmarish tow to Mobile, Ala.

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