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Three Burned in Boat Fire at Baltimore Yacht Club

Baltimore County, Maryland (August 19, 2013) – A man and two women were burned Saturday in a boat fire at the pier of the Baltimore Yacht Club.

Firefighters and EMS personnel responded at 1:59 p.m. to a call for a boat that exploded and caught fire at the yacht club at 800 Baltimore Yacht Club Road, 21221. The explosion occurred at the mouth of Sue Creek, about 20 feet from the yacht club.

Witnesses and fire personnel said the boat – a 30- to 35-foot cabin cruiser-style powerboat – caught fire near a fuel pier. Several people on the dock tried to push the boat away from the pier to prevent the fire from spreading to other vessels.

Fire officials quickly concluded that the explosion occurred as a result of a mechanical failure on the boat.

The bulk of the fire was knocked by 2:58 p.m., and fire units began clearing shortly after 3 p.m.

Two patients, a 59-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man, were transported to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center. Both were seriously burned, the man more so than the woman.

A 49-year-old woman was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center with less serious burns than the other two patients.

Under state and federal law, Fire Department medical records are not public and may not be disclosed.

About 25 Fire Department units responded to this call, including marine units from Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Company and North Point Edgemere. The Maryland Department of the Environment also responded.