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One person seriously burned in Wildwood boat fire Saturday

One person seriously burned in Wildwood boat fire Saturday

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WILDWOOD — Officials are investigating a morning boat fire Saturday that caused serious burns to one person and a minor injury to a firefighter.

Fire departments from Wildwood and North Wildwood responded to the 400 block of Dock Street around 10:30 a.m. where they could see the 40-foot vessel, which was docked, in flames.

Firefighters from Wildwood Fire Squad Co. 3, under the command of Capt. Matt Johnson and North Wildwood Fire Ladder Co. 2 were flagged down by bystanders to report that a victim with serious burn injuries was brought to a nearby business.

As crews from Wildwood Crest EMS and AtlantiCare Paramedics treated and transported the victim to the Cape May County Armory in Cape May Court House, the alarm was upgraded to a full-first alarm fire, recalling off-duty firefighters and additional resources to the scene.

The burn victim, who was not named, was flown by Medevac helicopter to Jefferson University Hospital Burn Center in Philadelphia and is listed in serious condition.

Wildwood Crest, Rio Grande and Stone Harbor fire departments responded.

As crews worked to douse the flames, the boat broke free of its moorings and began floating east down Otten’s Harbor, landing near Park Boulevard and causing minor damage to two other boats that were docked.

The fire was contained in 30 minutes, Wildwood fire officials said. The units remained at the scene for about three and a half hours.

Wildwood Police, the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau, the United States Coast Guard, and Sea Tow Cape May all assisted at the incident.

The Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office and the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety are investigating the fire.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. After seven years at The Current and Gazette newspapers, I joined The Press in 2015. I currently cover education.

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