Owner of boat in deadly fire speaks out

The Conception owner Glen Fritzler said the crew says they tried to save passengers on the boat but the flames pushed them back.
1:41 | 09/06/19

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There are new developments in the tragic boat fire off the coast of California that killed 34 people. The owner of the boat is speaking out for the first time about the accident, the crew and the passengers who lost their lives. Will Carr has the story. Supply just wanted to reach out to the community and let them know how we feel. Reporter: Glen's fire the "Conception" caught fire and it trapped 34 people below deck. The tragedy is now considered the deadliest domestic boat incident in decades. The cause still unknown. Captain Jerry remained on the boat as lodge as he could trying to get the radio calls in. They could see Jerry jump from the upper deck, a long jump and that there was a trail of smoke following him. They thought he was on fire. Reporter: According to Fritzler they say they tried to save the passengers but the flames pushed them back. Within minutes they would have been consumed. Reporter: They only had two ways out, a staircase and emergency hatch. In this newly released NTSB video you can see an investigator struggle to get through an emergency hatch over a bunk bed on a similar boat owned by the same company. Federal investigators now say it would have been difficult for 34 people to safely get away from a fire burning on board in the middle of the night. Would you feel comfortable sleeping in that bunk room? I think I would have concerns. Reporter: Well, the owner of the boat is offering condolences. He also just filed a lawsuit under a pre-civil war maritime law to try to prevent his liability. The timing of that lawsuit is being called into question by some members of this community. Michael. A lot of questions from the community. Thank you so much. We turn now to that sweet

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