Boat explodes at Detroit marina, burning four people

Boat fire engulfs marina where Kirk Gibson keeps his boat
Photo credit Mike Campbell/WWJ
By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) Four people were burned last night when a boat exploded at a marina on Detroit's east side.

The group was apparently re-fueling at the Riverside Marina around 7 p.m. when their boat caught fire and exploded.

Two men and two women were taken to the hospital with first and second-degree burns to their legs and feet. Specifically, a 27-year-old woman had first-degree burns on both feet. A 35-year-old woman had first- and second-degree burns on her right foot. A 50-year-old man had first- and second-degree burns on both calves. A 31-year-old man had first-degree burns on both calves.

At this point, it's not clear what caused the explosion, but Dave Fornell, deputy commissioner of the Detroit Fire Department, told the Detroit News, the boat is a goner. "It's pretty much screwed up," he said.