Boat fire at Sheepshead Bay dock leaves five injured

Firefighters search two boats that caught fire at the Venice Marina on Sunday afternoon.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A fire at Sheepshead Bay’s Venice Marina left five boaters injured Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters and 62nd Precinct police officers responded to reports of several boats on fire at 3939 Emmons Ave. shortly after 4:30 pm on Oct. 10. When they arrived, they encountered heavy flames emanating from the neighborhood dock, where two boats were ablaze.

Firefighters extinguished fires on two boats in the Venice Marina Sunday.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

More than 50 firefighters worked to douse the fire, according to the city’s Fire Department, operating several hose lines as plumes of smoke filled the air around the dock.

Only one of the five victims was taken to an area hospital, and the extent of that person’s injuries remained unclear Monday morning, according to NBC News. At least two of the fire’s victims — a pair of elderly civilians — were found injured on a boat. The two were seen by Brooklyn Paper being tended to on scene by the FDNY and the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Ambulance Corp. 

Firefighters used multiple hose lines to bring the boat fires under control.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

The fire was placed under control by 5:15 pm. Fire marshals are still investigating the cause of the fire, officials said, and no other information was immediately available.