Feds Reportedly Starting Criminal Investigation Into Deadly CA Boat Fire

Federal agents are reportedly opening a criminal investigation into the boat fire that killed 34 people off the California coast.

The Los Angeles Times says the Coast Guard and the US Attorney's office in Los Angeles are heading up the probe. The cause of the Labor Day fire remains unknown, but the feds are apparently looking into possible safety violations by the company which owned the boat, Truth Aquatics, Incorporated.

Officials have previously said the diving boat lacked a required night watchman when the fire broke out before dawn. The vessel burned last Monday off the California coast, with only five crew members surviving.

Federal agents spent the weekend searching the office of the company that owned the boat.

Truth Aquatics filed a lawsuit shortly after the fire in an effort to head off litigation from families of the victims.

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