Memphis firefighter sent to hospital battling blaze at Mud Island Marina

MEMPHIS,Tenn. — A Memphis firefighter was taken to the hospital Saturday morning amid a battle to knock out a fire at the Mud Island Marina.

Several boats at the Memphis Yacht Club were damaged as well.

Video shot downtown showed thick, black smoke pouring into the sky as firefighters battled the fire below the DeSoto bridge.

The fire began on one boat and damaged five others, fire officials said. It started shortly before 7 a.m.

Near the marina, police blocked an entrance to the public, saying only those working on insurance claims were allowed through. Many, attempting to drive through the entrance, and those attempting to walk their dogs or jog through the Mud Island Park were turned around.

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“We just smelled something burning,” said one woman, who declined to give her name and did not want her face shown on television.

She said she often walks her dog in the park and was there as firefighters responded.

“We were in the park for about a half-hour [or] 45 minutes. We turned around and all we see is black smoke,” she said.

A city fire boat, one of the numerous tools used to fight the fire, was damaged in the efforts to contain it, which ultimately took about an hour and 10 minutes, said Lt. Wayne Cooke, a spokesman for the Memphis Fire Department.

The injured firefighter suffered second-degree burns to their hands, and another person declined medical attention after suffering minor burns, Cooke said.

Part of the marina was damaged by the fire, but by 11 a.m., the regular function had been restored.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause.