Cigarette Suspected in Cruise Ship Fire

AP reports that “A fire apparently started by a cigarette spread smoke through a cruise ship in the Caribbean early Thursday, killing an American, injuring 11 other people and damaging about 150 cabins.”

We all know what’s coming: A call to ban smoking on cruise ships. Or, perhaps, the Caribbean.

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  1. Brandon says:

    I’d just as soon the offending cigarette be put on trial and put to death.

  2. Poly says:

    We may be jumping to conclusions here.
    CNN is not reporting it was a cigarette that started the fire.
    The fire apparently started on an outside balcony, and is still under investigation.

  3. Herb says:

    I wonder what medical school Mr. Pererkin attended. When all else fails and no one has a clue, the blame is always put on Cigarettes.

    Looks to me like there is a little CYA going on here