Boat fire on Lake Lanier ruled accidental - CBS46 News

Boat fire on Lake Lanier ruled accidental

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A boat fire on Lake Lanier on Sunday has been ruled accidental.

Two adults and a teen were taken to the hospital after their boat caught fire and exploded near Buford Dam Park.

Around 2 p.m. a 911 dispatcher received a call about an explosion on a 1957 Chris Craft.

The investigation found that the boat was stalling prior to the explosion and fire.

After about 20 minutes in the water, a flash fire and a smaller fire started several hundred yards from the shoreline.

Gwinnett County Arson Investigators, with the assistance of marine specialists, noted that the nature of the incident was indicative of a marine vessel explosion where fuel vapors contact an ignition source.

Investigators found the older boat did not have a gasoline fume exhaust blower which aids with the removal of explosive vapors from the bilge area.

David Allen, spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources, said all three victims were treated and released from hospital.

The 13-year-old suffered burns below her waist, according to reports.

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