Photo and report by Captain Ignatius “Iggy” Carroll Jr./Miami Fire Rescue
On January 2, just before 1:30 p.m., Miami (FL) Fire-Rescue (MFR) was dispatched to reports of a boat explosion at the C&F Marine Dealer and Repair located at 2115 NW 12th Street. MFR 911 dispatchers received numerous calls of heavy smoke blanketing the streets and flames threatening several dry docked boats.
When fire crews arrived, they found a 24-foot boat on the water fully engulfed in flames. The vessel was tied off next to a 50-foot dry docked tour boat that was also burning. Firefighters maneuvered numerous fire lines through thick smoke and several boats to extinguish the flames and provide exposure protection for the stored boats and the office building. Some boats on the water were relocated with the assistance of employees. During this operation, additional calls were received for a possible fire at the house directly across the river from the incident. Crews responded and determined no fire was observed but smoke covering the home. The residents were temporarily evacuated for their safety.
Within 30 minutes, the fire was under control and all employees were accounted for. According to an employee, the boat owner was fueling the vessel when the fire ignited. He was able to get off the boat just before the explosion occurred, escaping serious injuries.
Fire Investigators determined the 24’ boat was destroyed, the 50-foot vessel sustained heavy interior and exterior fire damage and several other vessels sustained minor burning and smoke damage. Firefighters assisted with ventilating nearby homes affected by the smoke. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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