Six women suffered burns after a boat they were boarding Saturday exploded at a large marina in Dania Beach, fire rescue officials said.
The cause was a vapor explosion when the vessel was started after refueling, said Michael B. Kane, battalion chief of Broward Fire Rescue.
Rescuers took the victims to Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale with second-degree burns.
“All expected to recover,” Kane said in an email.
None of the women was identified,
The incident reportedly occurred after 11 a.m. at the Harbour Towne Marina in Dania Beach, an expansive facility offering maintenance, repairs, storage and brokerage services south of Port Everglades.
Other boat fires have caused injuries and damages in the Fort Lauderdale area over the last year:
Earlier this month, firefighters put out a fire aboard a yacht that was docked behind a home along Southwest Fifth Court.
In mid-August, a fire consumed two catamarans at a marina in the Dania Cut-off Canal and sent two men who were working on them to the hospital.
In June, two people abandoned their vessel several miles off the Atlantic coast near Port Everglades when their boat caught fire and sank. Nearby tow boats pulled them from the water to safety, and the U.S. Coast Guard picked them up,
In October 2020, nearly two dozen people were aboard a 41-foot Wellcraft pleasure boat that caught fire on the New River. At least 13 suffered burn injuries of varying degrees, authorities said.