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Burned Marina Owner Recovering

Carlton Phillips

OCCOQUAN, Va. — The owner of Prince William Marina – one of the most successful boat retailers in the nation – is recovering from a boat fire Thursday night. reported marina-owner Carlton Phillips suffered second degree burns while using acetone to clean a boat in the marina’s service bay. The boat caught fire, and Phillips was taken to a hospital.

A statement about Phillip’s recovery was posted Sunday morning. Information about the fire from OWL Volunteer Fire Department is also posted below:

Phillips update:

Hi everyone: just a short note to say Carlton is doing good walking all over the place (bored & wants out). Still really no pain. Skin is pulling somewhat where they grafted but all & all he is blessed.

Thank you for all your well wishes he is reading them on his iPad. Hoping to come home Tuesday. He wants me to thank everyone for your concerns.

He is keeping the nurses laughing and they keep saying he’s in the shape of a 25 year old (now that’s a good shot in the heart to get you up and going 🙂 ) You all will like this; he is calling himself “Fireball Carlton” now. All that no him will say that means he doing good and in good spirits :).

OWL VFD statement:

At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Firefighters responded to the report of a boat fire at Prince William Marina located at 12849 Gordon Blvd, Woodbridge. OWL Engine 502 and Engine 514, Truck 514 and Medic 502 arrived on the scene within minutes and found fire from inside the galley of the boat and was under control within 15 minutes.

The boat was dry docked and located inside a bay being worked on by a crew. There was one injury and that patient was flown out to Washington Hospital Center.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Prince William County Fire Marshall’s office.


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  • Dave Sparrow

    Carlton, I’ve been asking all over if you were still driving. There is a guy that works for me that has a 180 mph dragster and knows of you. I said we go back quite a few years racing and fighting. I’ve been driving nascar cup cars ( 175 top speed ). Fun. Last time I saw you was at your garage in Vienna before you lost your Camaro at Bristol. Saw Gene, Roger and Fred Bear a couple years ago at MIR. How is your Boy? Is he still into hotrods? Hope you are healing, did not know you got burned. How’s Dudrow? See you later

    Dave Sparrow

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