Second boat in two days ignites off southern Ocean County

     A boat fully engulfed in flames near Mystic Island Monday afternoon. (Image: Dennis C. Seeley Jr. via Mystic Island Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook)

    A boat fully engulfed in flames near Mystic Island Monday afternoon. (Image: Dennis C. Seeley Jr. via Mystic Island Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook)

    Emergency personnel responded Monday to a second boat fire in two days off southern Ocean County.

    The fire in the 23-foot motorboat broke out Monday afternoon in the Roundabout Creek near the Mystic Island section of Little Egg Harbor. Police say an explosion in the engine compartment sparked the fire. 

    The creek connects with the Mullica River, which then flows into the nearby Great Bay. Long Beach Island is further to the east. The area is near the border of Ocean and Atlantic counties. 

    At least one person suffered burns and was transported to a hospital, the local news source, Mystic Island, NJ Community Thoughts, reported on Facebook.

    On Sunday, firefighters extinguished a boat fire in a Mystic Island lagoon. The cause of both fires was not immediately known. 

    The Mystic Island Volunteer Fire Company offered some advice on Facebook after the two boat fires.

    “Make sure your fire extinguisher is in working order and everyone has a life jacket,” the posting said. “Let’s hope this is the last one for the season.”

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