Two Teens Injured in Hernando Beach Boat Fire
Two others were injured but refused treatment, Hernando firefighters say.
HERNANDO BEACH – Two teenagers were flown to a burn center after a boat fire Saturday (June 27), according to Hernando County Fire Rescue.
Firefighters said they were called about 8:47 a.m. for a boat fire at the Hernando County Boat Ramp, 4477 Caliente St. in Hernando Beach. There were reports that there were five family members on board, four of whom had burn injuries.
HCFR responded to the scene within six minutes with three engines, three ambulances, one battalion chief, and two aeromedical helicopters. The found flames in the rear of the boat and the four injured people.
The fire was quickly extinguished, and aeromedical transport called for the two teenage victims. The other two burn victims refused medical treatment or transport. Both teenage victims were flown to Tampa General Hospital with non-life threatening, but serious burn injuries.
There was no exposure damage to any other vehicle, boat, or structure. The fire was contained to the family’s boat.
The origin of the fire appeared to be in the area of the boat’s outboard engine. The fire is under investigation.
HCFR would like to remind boaters to practice boating emergencies including the proper use of fire extinguishers with all passengers and family members.
PHOTO COURTESY OF HERNANDO COUNTY FIRE RESCUE.
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