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Fierce heat, stubborn smoky fire thwarts bid to search Greek ferry for any more dead in blaze

  • Italian firemen work on the Norman Atlantic ferry after it was towed into the port of Brindisi, southern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. Wearing gas masks against the smoke, Italian firefighters and investigators boarded the charred Norman Atlantic ferry on Friday and retrieved a data recorder they hope will help them discover what caused a deadly blaze. Some parts of the ferry are still burning making difficoult the search for any more bodies in the maritime disaster that has already killed 11 people. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Italian firemen work on the Norman Atlantic ferry after it was towed into the port of Brindisi, southern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. Wearing gas masks against the smoke, Italian firefighters and investigators boarded the charred Norman Atlantic ferry on Friday and retrieved a data recorder they hope will help them discover what caused a deadly blaze. Some parts of the ferry are still burning making difficoult the search for any more bodies in the maritime disaster that has already killed 11 people. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)  (The Associated Press)

  • Light streams through a window of the Norman Atlantic ferry as it is being towed into the port of Brindisi, Italy, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The blaze that broke out Sunday and torched the ferry has killed at least 11 people and authorities prepared to search it for possible more dead. Italy says 477 people were rescued, most by helicopters that plucked survivors off the top deck in gale-force winds and carried them to nearby boats. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Light streams through a window of the Norman Atlantic ferry as it is being towed into the port of Brindisi, Italy, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The blaze that broke out Sunday and torched the ferry has killed at least 11 people and authorities prepared to search it for possible more dead. Italy says 477 people were rescued, most by helicopters that plucked survivors off the top deck in gale-force winds and carried them to nearby boats. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)  (The Associated Press)

  • Smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry after that was towed into the port of Brindisi, southern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. For a second day, fierce heat from a slow-burning blaze kept firefighters and other investigators on Saturday from searching the hold and vehicle decks of a Greek ferry for more bodies. At least 11 people perished in the pre-dawn blaze on Dec. 28 aboard the Norman Atlantic, on a voyage between Greece and Italy. Authorities fear more bodies might be inside the vehicle deck where the fire began. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Smoke billows from the Italian-flagged Norman Atlantic ferry after that was towed into the port of Brindisi, southern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. For a second day, fierce heat from a slow-burning blaze kept firefighters and other investigators on Saturday from searching the hold and vehicle decks of a Greek ferry for more bodies. At least 11 people perished in the pre-dawn blaze on Dec. 28 aboard the Norman Atlantic, on a voyage between Greece and Italy. Authorities fear more bodies might be inside the vehicle deck where the fire began. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)  (The Associated Press)

For a second day, fierce heat from a slow-burning fire kept firefighters and other investigators from searching the hold and garages of a Greek ferry for more bodies.

At least 11 people perished in the pre-dawn blaze on Dec. 28 aboard the Norman Atlantic, on a voyage between Greece and Italy. Authorities fear more bodies might be inside the garage where fire began.

The ferry was towed into the port of Brindisi, Italy, Friday morning but it hasn't been possible to search that area. Port Capt. Mario Valente said Saturday that temperatures were "very high" inside the garage. Smoke still poured from the wreck.

Four Greeks waited dockside for news of a missing cousin, a truck driver. The exact number of unaccounted for people is unclear.