DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona Beach firefighters responded to a boat fire Wednesday afternoon on the east side of the Seabreeze Bridge.
Officials said a 20-foot Sunbird boat caught fire shortly after it was turned on. Ray Cornell, the boat's owner, and his girlfriend jumped from the boat.
"It was horrible. Black smoke everywhere. I had to throw my girlfriend out of the boat real fast and I jumped out and pushed the boat away so it wouldn't actually blow up right here," Cornell said.
#BREAKING @WFTV Firefighters on scene of boat on fire in the #Halifax in #DaytonaBeach No one on board. pic.twitter.com/bzbApui4Cg— Blaine Tolison (@BTolisonWSOC9) May 11, 2016
Officials said residents of nearby apartments called 911 when they saw the boat engulfed in flames.
Firefighters said the cause of the fire is unknown.
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