Fla. FFs Caught in Yacht Flashover


A yacht was on fire in West Palm Beach on Sunday.

West Palm Beach Fire Rescue is working the blaze and called additional units to the scene at about 8 a.m.

The fire started on an 80-foot yacht that was out of the water at a private marina off Flagler Drive and 41st Street just before 7 a.m.

Officials said the yacht's captain noticed smoke, so he parked it and got the crew off. Everyone was evacuated from the boat.

Two firefighters got on board and tried to open a compartment when the fire flashed over. One of the firefighters was hurt and taken to St. Mary's Medical Center. He was released with minor injuries.

Crews said they're trying to prevent the flames from spreading to a nearby dock, and they're also trying to get other boats out of the way. They were pumping foam into the boat to stop the flames.

Officials said the name of the yacht burned off, so they don't know who the owner is. They said the boat is taking on water, but they don't know if it's structural damage or if it's from efforts to put the fire out.

Crews were still battling flames at 6 p.m. -- nearly 12 hours after the fire ignited.

There are published reports that the boat was once owned by Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of Donald Trump.

A spokesperson for the city of West Palm Beach said booms have been placed around the vessel in case there is a gas leak.

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