Midstate woman in serious condition after boat fire - abc27 WHTM

Midstate woman in serious condition after boat fire

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A Midstate woman remains in serious condition at John Hopkins Hospital after being rescued from a boat that caught fire Saturday in Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Her injuries are serious, police said, but they are not life threatening.

According to the woman's husband, Midstate chef and a regular on Good Day PA, Dawson Flinchbaugh, most of the treatment she is receiving at the hospital is for smoke inhalation. However, she did sustain some burns from the incident as well.

"The smoke column was pretty substantial. You could tell it wasn't a building, both with the location of it being out towards the water and the size of the smoke but it looked like whatever was burning was pretty substantial," Baltimore County volunteer firefighter Justin Kinsey said.

Flinchbaugh's wife was changing at the bottom of the boat where she became trapped when the boat caught fire. Boat fires can be tricky, fire officials said, but it is something that firefighters are prepared for.

"Fortunately for this particular one, the boat was docked and we had access from the dock to be able to get in." Baltimore Fire Department Capt. Roman Clark said. "Our firefighters practice this type of operation on a daily basis."

The boat fire damaged three other boats and is estimated to have caused $100,000 in damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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