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Fire officials: 7 escape burning boat in Ocean City

August 29, 2021 GMT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Seven passengers escaped without injury from a burning boat in the water off Ocean City, Maryland, fire officials said Sunday.

The fire department said in a Facebook post that it was called to the scene around 5:15 a.m.

At the time of the fire, there were seven passengers aboard the vessel, and they were rescued by a civilian boat in the area, the department said. No injuries were immediately reported.

The U.S. Coast Guard set up a perimeter and asked boats to avoid the area, according to the fire department, which posted a video showing the boat consumed with flames.

The cause of the blaze wasn’t immediately clear.