Baltimore fire officials say firefighters rescued a woman who was trapped on a burning boat in the city's Inner Harbor.
The fire broke out around 1 p.m. Saturday in the water off Aliceanna Street in Harbor East. Two boats were burning when firefighters arrived.
"I was just doing our usual thing parking cars and you notice a lot of guests started running towards the gate so as we look all we see is a big cloud of smoke just coming and coming," Koreah Smith, a Four Seasons employee, said.
Fire department spokesman Capt. Roman Clark says crews were told that someone was aboard one of the boats. They were able to rescue the woman from below deck. She was taken to a hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt.
The smoke cloud could be seen for miles as crews arrived and began fighting the flames. It was extremely close for hotel guests at the Four Seasons, which included a wedding party consisting of volunteer firefighters from Baltimore County.
"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," Justin Kinsey, Baltimore County volunteer firefighter, said.
City fire officials say fighting flames on the water can be challenging, but counted themselves lucky in this situation.
"Fortunately for this particular one, the boat was docked and we had access from the dock to be able to get in. Our firefighters practice this type of operation on a daily basis," Clark told ABC2.
Clark says the cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire was brought under control, and damage is estimated at $100,000.