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A midday boat fire at the Crandon Marina in Key Biscayne injured three people Sunday. Two were female passengers, witnesses and authorities said. A third person was also injured, but the circumstances were not clear. 

Large plumes of black smoke poured into the sky. The fire was extinguished by City of Miami and Key Biscayne firefighters, leaving the boat covered in foam.  Key Biscayne police also responded. 

The vessel caught fire at a slip at the marina, said City of Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Pete Sanchez. He said one of the injuries was serious enough to require an airlift. One of the injured, a 25-year-old woman, was said to be in stable condition after a lower leg injury. The age or condition of the airlifted patient was not known. 

Black smoke rises from the scene of a boat fire at Crandon Marina, June 23, 2024. Officials said three people were injured. (KBI Photo/Megan Gamwell)

Erika Benitez, a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue, said units arrived shortly after noon to find the vessel “fully engulfed in flames.” There were four people aboard the vessel, and two were injured, she said. 

The third person’s injuries were not specified and it’s not known if that person was on the boat or not, officials said.

Although there were some reports of an explosion, there was no information about the cause of the blaze, which is under investigation by County fire officials. It was contained to just one boat. “There was nothing else around, luckily,” Sanchez said. 

This story has been updated


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Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow awards. He was president of the News Media Guild, a journalism union, for 10 years. Born in Chicago, he is a graduate of Columbia University. His interests are photography and technology, sailing, cooking, and science fiction.

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Tony Winton is the editor-in-chief of the Key Biscayne Independent and president of Miami Fourth Estate, Inc. He worked previously at The Associated Press for three decades winning multiple Edward R. Murrow...