Quick-acting bystanders extinguish boat fire in Rock Hall

ROCK HALL — Serious injuries were averted when “good Samaritans” at a marina here Friday night were able to quickly put out a fire.

Maryland Natural Resources Police were dispatched at about 7:30 p.m. June 21 for a boat fire at Haven Harbour Marina, according to Hunter Dortenzo, the NRP’s public information officer.

He identified the boat as a 1988 25-foot center console.

Brian Jones, public information officer for the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company, said there were two people on the boat, one of whom was the owner.

In separate interviews, Dortenzo and Jones told The Evening Enterprise that one of the boat’s occupants sustained minor injuries but was not transported to a hospital.

In an email, Dortenzo said the boat caught fire after a reported engine explosion, possibly due to a backfire.

“The fire was contained by good Samaritans and the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company when NRP officers arrived at the scene,” Dortenzo wrote in the email.

A post on the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company website states, “Ambulance 7 was the first unit to arrive on the scene and reported lite [sic] smoke coming from the vessel which was docked in a slip at the marina. Captain 7 arrived on the scene, advised dispatch that the fire had been extinguished and advised dispatch to hold the incident to Engine 72. Good samaritans from the Marina used fire extinguishers and assisted with extinguishing the fire before fire personnel arrived on the scene.”


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