WILDWOOD — A fire this week at the Schooner Island Marina could have been a lot worse.

The blaze reported at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday injured one woman and damaged three boats and a house in the 400 block of West Leaming Avenue.

Upon arrival, authorities found a woman suffering from burns on both her legs. Firefighters said they believed the woman jumped from the burning boat.

But Deputy Fire Chief Ernie Troiano III said Thursday the injured woman was doing better and that her injuries, while serious, were not as bad as originally thought.

And it was lucky the fire wasn’t worse than it was, Troiano said.

“If there was any kind of heavy wind, a lot more boats could have burned up,” he said. “We lucked out on that.”

Authorities responded to a report of a dry-docked boat on fire. When the injured woman was found, a medic unit and helicopter were called to the scene and she was airlifted to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Pennsylvania for further treatment.

Troiano said the fire was upgraded to an “all-hands” assignment before more fire crews were called as the fire spread to two adjacent boats and a townhome.

Fire crews from North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, Rio Grande, Stone Harbor and Green Creek fire companies, as well as the Wildwood and the Wildwood Crest police departments assisted.

According to a news release, there was only minor damage to the exterior of the home. The fire was under control in about two hours, and crews remained on the scene until 4:43 p.m.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Cape May County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Staff Writers Lauren Carroll and John DeRosier contributed to this report.

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