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Fire Quickly Consumes Boat in Ocean City

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A boat caught fire Friday morning in Ocean City. (Photo: Timothy Downin, Jr.) A boat caught fire Friday morning in Ocean City. (Photo: Timothy Downin, Jr.)

OCEAN CITY, Md. - Flames quickly took over a boat in Ocean City Friday morning, but authorities say it was thanks to the quick thinking of the two on board that it wasn't much worse.

Candy Thomson, with Maryland Natural Resources Police, says a man from Laurel, Maryland was taking his boat out with his grandson Friday morning when the fire started. Thomson tells WBOC the two put the 22-foot Wellcraft Center Console boat into the water off of 94th street around 11:15 a.m. Thomson says they started the boat, heard a popping sound, then flames shot out from the center console.

Thomson says the fire quickly spread, so in order to keep the dock from catching fire, the two men on board pushed the boat out into the middle of the bay. Thomson says because of that, the fire truck that initially responded couldn't reach the boat, so Ocean City's fire boat arrived and was able to extinguish the flames.

No injuries were reported, but Thomson says the boat was burned to the water line.

Maryland Natural Resources Police are leading the investigation, trying to determine what caused the fire in Ocean City.

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