May 7, 2020

Two MetalCraft Marine fireboats responded to an impressive fire at Crandon Park Marina on Key Biscayne, off Miami FL. Both vessels are MetalCraft Firestorm 50’s, from Miami Dade and Miami City. The Miami Dade vessel was delivered in early 2007, and the Miami City boat was delivered a couple years ago.

Three different reports:

From 6 boats damaged in fire at Crandon Park Marina with video and interviews.

“The main hazard when fighting the fire (from the) fireboat is our firefighters falling into the water,” Chief Fire Officer Peter Lugo, of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, said. “They might step onto the boat that’s on fire to get better access, the fiberglass could be brittle (and) they could step right through and get trapped under the boat.”

From 7-News Miami: Firefighters put out multi-boat fire at dock near Key Biscayne with video and photos.

“A Miami-Dade Fire Boat pulled one of the boats that were on fire out to the open area outside of the marina and anchored it and fought that one,” said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Battallion Chief Peter Lugo, “while the City of Miami boat fought the one that was still anchored. There was also a dinghy that was on fire. The City of Miami put that one out at the same time they were fighting the boat fire.”

From CBS Channel 4 in Miami: Fire Spreads To Four Boats At Key Biscayne’s Crandon Marina

Arriving fire crews found two vessels fully engulfed in flames. They immediately attacked the flames with foam in an effort to keep it from spreading to other vessels on the dock.

“A large sailing vessel caught fire, then broke loose and set another large vessel on fire, it then kept drifting to set a small vessel on fire, which burnt another large vessel,” according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.

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