July 8, 2023

One Man Injured in Boat Fire at Edgar Evins Marina

One man was treated for severe smoke and heat inhalation injuries after a boat fire which developed on his ten meter sport cruiser in Edgar Evins Marina, DeKalb County, Tennessee at around 21:30 hours of Friday seven July.  DeKalb County Fire Department and Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad responded to the fire, with the boat first burning away from other boats, but then unfortunately after burning its mooring lines drifted to pier C, and minor damaged four other boats until the fire fighting crew attached a tow line and towed her away to a safe area near the shore.  The injured man aboard the boat was first treated by Edgar Evins State Park rangers and DeKalb County Emergency Medical Services before being transported by air medical helicopter for advanced care.  An investigation on the fire is ongoing by the US Army Corps of Engineers, with some unofficial reports stating the fire started from a short in the air-conditioning unit.
The boat in this fire looks to be a Wellcraft 3400 Express as produced from 1985 till 92.  The 3400 Express was initially launched as the 3400 Gran Sport in the second half of 1983, with the main difference coming for sloop styled bathing platform.  The Wellcraft 3400 Gran Sport was replaced by the 3500 Corsair in 1992.

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