Four children, nine adults injured in boat fire

Thirteen people, including four children, were injured during a boat fire near Solomons Island on Saturday and suffered non-life threatening injuries, state fire officials said.

A 38-foot cabin cruiser was fueling at the dock of Spring Cove Marina in Solomons shortly before the flash fire ignited at around 6:40 p.m., according to a release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The fire was the result of a spark from electrical connections the onboard bilge pump while gasoline vapors were still present in the engine compartment, the release said.

A 12-year-old girl suffered burns to both legs and a 14-year-old boy suffered an arm injury after jumping onto the pier. Both were taken to Children's National Medical Center.

Four adults and a 16-year-old boy were first taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital, before all but one were transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for treatment on their burn injuries. Another five adults and a 15-year-old boy were taken directly to MedStar Washington.

The 36-year-old boat owner suffered second and third-degree burns to his arms, hands and legs, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch. He was inside the engine compartment at the time of the fire.

Everyone but the owner and 12-year-old girl are expected to be released from the hospital by Sunday, Bouch said, and all are expected to recover.

There was an estimated $2,500 damage done to the boat, the release states

"This is an indication that an accidental fire can occur at any time," Bouch said. "When operating a boat, please follow all safety precautions to avoid an accident like this one."