FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A 60-foot sport fisherman boat caught fire in the intracoastal waterway just before 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The boat could be seen ablaze behind Shooters Restaurant, just south of Oakland Park Boulevard.
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chief Stephen Gollan said there were seven adults, 2 children and a dog aboard the vessel.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission had just completed a traffic stop on the water when they saw smoke coming from the back of the 60-footer.
Update @MyFWC was in the area conducting marine traffic stop when they saw smoke coming from the boat. They then rescued 7 adults, 2 children and a dog before the boat erupted in flames🔥. 1 adult w/ minor injuries refused transport. 1 approx 7yoa transport for minor injuries— FLFR PIO (@FLFR411) May 17, 2020
FWC were able to transfer the adults and children, approximately ages 4 and 7 years old, and dog to safety aboard the FWC boat just before the sport fisherman erupted in flames.
A woman and one of the children on the boat suffered minor burns. She was treated at the scene and the 7-year-old child was transported to Broward Health Medical Center.
The cause of the fire is not known.