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Boat fire injures several

DEC. 14 -- An explosion on a 30-foot powerboat injured two men and a 7-year-old boy Sunday evening at a marina in Homestead, Fla.

The explosion happened at about 6:30 p.m. at the Homestead Bayfront Marina, news reports say. By the time officials with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived, the boat was engulfed in flames.

The passengers got off the boat, named Marlene, before it sank, the reports say. The two men and the boy — whose injuries were said to be the most severe — were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for treatment for burns. A boat tied in a slip next to Marlene was said to have sustained nearly $30,000 in damages.

Investigators Tuesday were trying to determine what caused the explosion. “We’re putting the pieces of the puzzle together,” says Jorge Pino, spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “The boat sank and we don’t know right now what happened. It’s a complex scene.”

The victims’ names were not immediately released and details such as the boat’s make and model were not available.

— Jason Fell