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San Diego woman killed in deadly Conception boat fire off Santa Barbara

Posted at 4:43 PM, Sep 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-03 21:20:10-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A San Diego woman is among those killed in the Conception boat fire off Santa Cruz Island, her coworkers in Coronado told 10News Tuesday.

A manager at Nicky Rottens restaurant at 100 Orange Ave. identified Nicole Quitasol as one of the victims of the deadly fire.

Quitasol was on the dive trip with four relatives, her coworkers posted on Facebook.

"Nicole has worked with our Nicky Rottens Coronado family for years, and she will be remembered as an adventurous & loving soul," wrote Bryn Butolph, who described Quitasol as smart and loving.

"She will be greatly missed," Butolph added. He told 10News Quitasol was devoted to her dog, Peanut Butter.

The family of five was among 34 people presumed dead in the blaze. All were sleeping below deck when the fire started early Monday. Other victims included students from a Northern California charter school serving grades 7-12, and a marine biologist who owned the diving company and was leading the tour.

A GoFundMe account was created to help Quitasol's mother, who lost three children.

KCRA in Sacramento identified the other family members as Nicole’s sister Evan and sister Angela, both from Stockton, and their father Michael and stepmother Fenisa Sison, both from Modesto.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.