DC FF injured battling boat fire
Eleven boat occupants were safely evacuated; fire boats attacked the blaze with foam
By Laura French
WASHINGTON — A DC Fire and EMS firefighter was injured while battling a boat fire Sunday night.
The electrical fire occurred on a large pleasure boat on the Potomac River shortly before 7 p.m., according to DC Fire and EMS. Eleven occupants of the boat were safely evacuated by fire police and three fire boats were deployed to fight the blaze.
Update boat fire Gravelly Point. Vessel is well involved. #DCsBravest Fireboats in active attack on burning vessel. The 11 occupants are being transported to Fire/Police pier for evaluation. pic.twitter.com/73rTg415ML— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) September 20, 2020
Update boat fire Potomac River off Gravelly Point. #DCsBravest Fireboats 1,2,3 all operating and have knocked down all visible fire with use of foam. Vessel partially sunken at stern. 1 firefighter has a non life threatening injury. pic.twitter.com/1KP4pFSVUy— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) September 20, 2020
The flames were knocked down by 7:22 p.m. with the use of foam, the agency reported. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with an injury that was not life-threatening.
The boat was partially sunken at the stern following the blaze and firefighters conducted rewatering operations after the fire was brought under control. No other injuries were reported.
Update boat fire Potomac River off Gravelly Point. #DCsBravest have the fire under control and are currently conducting dewatering operations. 1 injured firefighter will be transported with a non life threatening injury. pic.twitter.com/i5PCDE7zAZ— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) September 20, 2020