Originally Posted by kd
Wasn't the Princess fire started by someone flicking a cigarette from one balcony which landed on another? .
I don't know that the cause was actually finally determined or not but it was the most likely scenario. Still the real problem was the materials used for balconies and the that no fire protection was considered in design.
Reality is that fire is the most serious concern onboard a ship for obvious reasons. The other reality is that most fires onboard ships are in the laundry, galley, and electrical systems.