2 women killed, 3 more people hurt in California pleasure boat fire

Two women were dead and two men and a woman were hospitalized with burns after a fire Saturday involving a 35-foot pleasure boat in Long Beach’s Alamitos Bay, the Long Beach Fire Department said.

All of those killed and injured were in their 60s, Long Beach Fire Capt. and spokesman Jake Heflin said.

It happened in the 200 block of Marina Dive near a fuel dock near Long Beach Fire Station 21, the fire agency said on social media. Alamitos Bay is near the Orange County line and the Orange County Fire Authority assisted with the fire fight.

The identities of those involved were not immediately released and the cause of the fire was under investigation. The fire was reported at 5:17 p.m.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the large, smoky fire that could be smelled by residents throughout the east side of Long Beach and seen throughout the marina area. Video from the scene showed the boat was adjacent to a dock as crews sprayed water on the fire. Heavy fire was burning in the rear of the boat with thick black smoke billowing into the air.

Firefighters fought the fire on land and in the water.  Heflin said no firefighters were injured.

Jed Gibbs, 20, a host at The Crab Pot restaurant and bar, said he was looking out the doors that give diners a view of the marina when he heard a pop, a commotion and saw a small plume of black smoke about a quarter-mile away that quickly grew.

Soruce : https://www.mercurynews.com/2023/08/07/2-killed-3-hurt-in-long-beach-pleasure-boat-fire/

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