Casino Boat Catches Fire in Florida, 1 Reported Missing

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An American flag still flies in the hours since a casino shuttle boat filled with passengers caught fire. "You don't think about it, whatever it takes you just do it", he says. He said eight other passengers were treated at the hospital and released.

"The people in the homes brought clothes out to us, they were pulling clothes out of their closets to bring out to us to put on to keep warm, and blankets", said Shelia.

Investigators think the fire started in the boat's engine room. She said there had never been any issues with the boat, which was destroyed by the fast-moving fire.

Officials said 14 people were injured.

A video posted on Twitter shows the boat engulfed in flames.

The captain drove the boat and got it as close to land as possible so that the passengers on board could jump and swim to shore.

It wasn't until late Sunday that a female passenger reported feeling ill and sought treatment at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

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The Coast Guard said it would review the boat's maintenance history.

"It was so windy and they were soaking wet", said Santangelo, adding a woman collapsed when she reached the shore and vomited.

All passengers and crew members have been accounted for.

The area is about 40 miles north of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Another Tropical Breeze vessel caught fire in 2004.

Officials said the shuttle vessel was headed out to the casino ship at the time of the fire.

Jandali said his entire neighborhood jumped into action to help the passengers, including a neighbor who offered his garage as shelter for the passengers. Early media reports suggested one person was missing, but it was later revealed all 50 passengers made it to shore.

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