Smoke Inhalation, Not Fire, Likely Cause Of 34 Deaths In Boat Fire Disaster

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THE FIRE HAS BURNED 2000 ACRES. IT IS 20% CONTAINED, TWO HOMES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED. EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY TO SAVAGE THE DIVE BOTH CONCEPTION. THE BOAT CAUGHT FIRE AND SANK EARLY MONDAY MORNING NEAR SANTA CRUZ ISLAND. THE COAST GUARD SAYS THIS WILL TAKE SOME TIME BECAUSE THEY REALLY WANT TO KEEP THAT BOAT INTACT. 34 PEOPLE DIED MONDAY. THE NAU IS TO IDENTIFY 18 VICTIM SO FAR. INVESTIGATORS SAID THE VICTIM’S LIFE WITH DIED OF SMOKE INHALATION, NOT FROM BEING BARRED. THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION. TONIGHT, WE ARE HEARING FROM THE OWNER OF THAT BOAT. MANY OF THE PEOPLE ON THAT TRIP WERE HIS CUSTOMERS FOR DECADES. I JUST WANTED TO REACH OUT TO THIS COMMUNITY AND LET THEM KNOW HOW WE FEEL. IT IS THAT IS THE–DEVASTATING. WE ARE ALSO SADDENED THE CREWS IS DEALING WITH IT. OF COURSE, OUR FAMILY, WE ARE DEALING WITH IT. THIS IS A TERRIBLE LOSS. THEY FOUND A CONTROVERSIAL LAWSUIT YESTERDAY USING CENTURIES-OLD MARITIME LAWS THAT COULD SAVE HIM FROM EXPENSIVE LAWSUITS. FIVE OF THE VICTIMS IN THE FIRE ARE ALL FROM THE SAME STOCKTON FAMILY. WE HAVE BEEN TELLING YOU ABOUT THIS FAMILY ALL WEEK. ONE OF THEM WAS A SEVENTH GRADE TEACHER AT SIERRA MIDDLE SCHOOL IN STOCKTON. TODAY, STUDENTS THERE LEFT TRIBUTES. FLOWERS, DECORATED POSTERS, AND WROTE LETTERS AND ORDER.

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