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Fire at NC coastal marina injures 3, damages boats

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WASHINGTON, NC (AP) -- A cleanup is in progress at a coastal North Carolina marina after a fire damaged more than two-dozen boats and injured three people.

Beaufort County Fire Marshal Curtis Avery says the fire broke out early Friday at McCotters Marina east Washington. Avery says about 100 feet of a pier burned and firefighters worked for about five hours to control the blaze.

Fire crews are still on the scene and a hazardous materials team is trying to contain the leaking boat fuel.

Mark Hundell tells WITN-TV he was treated for burns to his face and hands, and his fiancee was taken to a hospital for treatment of hypothermia after she jumped into the frigid creek to escape the flames.

The 180-slip marina is on a creek off the Pamlico River, about 35 miles inland from Pamlico Sound.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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