The smoke from a boat fire in Wildwood Saturday morning could be seen for miles on a clear sunny day.

The City of Wildwood Fire Department says they were called out to Otten’s Harbor at about 10:30am for a fire. The 40 foot pleasure boat was docked in the 200 block of Dock Street.

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As crews arrived, firefighters were advised of a burn victim who was taken inside a nearby business. "Wildwood Crest EMS, along with AtlantiCare Paramedics, treated and transported the victim to the Cape May County Armory in Cape May Court House where the patient was transferred to a Medevac helicopter and airlifted to Jefferson University Hospital Burn Center in Philadelphia where the patient is listed in serious condition at this time." That person has not been identified.

Fire crews from several nearby departments - and fire boats from North Wildwood and Stone Harbor helped fight the fire. Things got tricking when the boat broke free of the dock and started floating away. "Due to the strong winds at the time of the incident, the vessel eventually ended up at the east end of Otten’s Harbor adjacent to Park Blvd. As the boat drifted in the harbor, there was minor damage to two other docked vessels."

The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes. There was one minor injury to a firefighter.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

This morning at approximately 10:30 hours, Squad Co. 3, under the command of Capt. Matt Johnson and North Wildwood FD...

Posted by City of Wildwood Fire Department on Saturday, May 1, 2021

SOURCE: City of Wildwood Fire Department.

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