Today in fire history:  fire on cruise ship claims two lives

Blog Post created by ryan.quinn Employee on Aug 15, 2011

Miami-cruise-ship_08-20 On August 20, 1984, a fire onboard a cruise ship occurred while the ship was docking at the Port of Miami.  The fire caused fifty seven injuries among passengers, crew, and City of Miami firefighters.  The fire began in the auxiliary engine room and was caused by the ignition of atomized lubricating oil, which was leaking from a diesel engine. 

Major factors contributing to the loss of life included:

  • The failure to extinguish the fire in its incipient stage by either automatic or manual means
  • The rapid and intense flash fire resulting from the ignition of a combustible lubricating oil
  • The presence of combustible interior finish materials in passageways and in the stairtower

NFPA has a full investigation report, members can download this report for free.

-Ben Evarts