New documentary suggests fire played greater role in Titanic sinking than previously believed

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It has been over 100 years since the sinking of the Titanic, but new information is still being revealed about the tragedy.

In a documentary called ‘Titanic: The New Evidence,’ that aired recently on UK’s Channel 4, journalist Senan Molony points out that a fire in a ship’s bunker played a far greater role in its demise than previously believed, reports the Telegraph.

As part of his analysis, Molony says he studied photographs which show black marks on the ship. Pictures suggested the location of the fire that started burning before the Titanic took off for its journey and weakened the hull prior to the collision with the iceberg.

Dr. Robert Ballard, best known for his discovery of the Titanic, is speaks at the Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration, Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, in Mystic, Conn. Items from Ballard’s third expedition to the Titanic, are included in the exhibit, “Titanic, the Return to Titanic,” which follows the Titanic from its launch in 1912 through its current condition. (AP Photo/Michelle McLoughlin)

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Molony told the Times, “The official Titanic inquiry branded [the sinking] as an act of God. This isn’t a simple story of colliding with an iceberg and sinking. It’s a perfect storm of extraordinary factors coming together: fire, ice and criminal negligence.”

He added, “We have metallurgy experts telling us that when you get that level of temperature against steel it makes it brittle, and reduces its strength by up to 75 percent. The fire was known about…but it was played down…”

Jalopnik points out, “Near that bunker is where the iceberg tore the biggest hole in the ship on its maiden voyage…”

More than 1,500 people were killed when the Titanic sank on April 14, 1912.

In March last year, scientists announced new details about the iceberg that caused the luxury ship to go down.

According to Grant Bigg with Sheffield University in the U.K., the iceberg is thought to have been around 100,000 years old.

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