(Reuters) – A U.S. cargo ship that burned in a fire that killed five people in California and damaged more than 40 more last year was owned by a company that was not aware it was burning, the Federal Maritime Commission said on Thursday.
The container ship was owned in California by the Canadian-based Canadian Pacific Corporation, which was one of four companies involved in the blaze that destroyed the Costa Concordia.
The fire, which has been ruled arson, started on June 16 and has been burning for more than two months, forcing more than 1,200 people to evacuate.
The California State Fire Marshal’s Office said the vessel was carrying some 200,000 gallons of fuel when it caught fire.
It was not immediately clear if the vessel burned as a result of the fire.
Canadian Pacific’s chief executive, Stephen Stauffer, has been ordered to face criminal charges, the agency said.
“We know that Canadian Pacific is in the process of determining the cause of this fire,” the commission said in a statement.
Canadian’s Canadian Pacific owns or leases about 100,000 vessels worldwide.