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Hernando County Boat Ramp Boat Fire Injures 4, 6/27/2020

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On 06-27-20 at 8:47 a.m., Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR) received a 911 call for a boat fire at the Hernando County Boat Ramp, located at 4477 Caliente St. There were reports that there were 5 family members on board, 4 of them with burn injuries. HCFR arrived on scene within 6 minutes and found flames in the rear of the boat and began to triage the 4 burn victims.

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Upon arrival, the fire was quickly extinguished, and aeromedical transport called for two teenage victims of the family. The other two burn victims refused medical treatment or transport. Both teenage victims were transported to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening, but serious burn injuries. There was no exposure damage to any other vehicle, boat, or structure. The fire was contained to the family’s boat. The origin of the fire appeared to be in the area of the boat’s outboard engine. The fire is currently under investigation.

HCFR responded to the scene with 3 Engines, 3 ALS ambulances, 1 Battalion Chief, and 2 Aeromedical Helicopters.

HCFR would like to remind boaters to practice boating emergencies including the proper use of fire extinguishers with all passengers and family members.

Leslie Stein
Leslie Stein has over 35 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with neurologically impaired adults. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of South Florida in Speech Pathology. Leslie specializes in caring for individuals who have been effected by multiple medical conditions both acute and degenerative. Populations she cares for includes, but is not limited to, patients suffering from the symptoms of Stroke, Parkinsons, Alzheimers/Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, and ALS which can adversely affect communication, cognition and swallow. Many years of experience has provided her with extensive knowledge and skills when developing individualized therapeutic techniques to help these patients return to their prior level of functioning or improving the quality of their life.
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