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Baltimore firefighters kept fire from two burning boats from extending throughout the Anchorage Marina

By Caitlyn Freeman
Baltimore Sun

BALTIMORE — Two boats were on fire at the Anchorage Marina Wednesday morning, Baltimore City officials say.

The Baltimore City Fire Department was dispatched to the 2500 block of Boston Street in Canton around 9 a.m., Kevin Cartwright, BCFD spokesperson, said in an email Wednesday morning.

No injuries have been reported, Cartwright said.

“One vessel has been completely extinguished, and as I speak a second vessel has just been submerged due to the volume of damage and water,” he said.

In a Facebook post, Zeke Cohen, the Baltimore City councilmember whose district includes the marina, said the fire began in an occupied boat and spread to the second. The owner of the first boat was able to escape. Both boats were destroyed, and the first sank in the marina.

“The event has now shifted to an environmental preservation focus, as the boats held a combined 500 gallons of fuel,” Cohen wrote. “BCFD is working in close partnership with the US Coast Guard and the Maryland Department of the Environment to contain the fuel and keep it from moving from the marina to open waters.”

Additionally, Cohen said he spoke with Fire Chief James Wallace and was told there was no imminent threat to residents or boat owners. They also plan to raise the sunken boat.

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