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Monroe Co. couple hospitalized after explosion leads to multiple boat fires

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said an engine exploded on a couple's boat causing multiple reported boat fires in Roane Co., Saturday night.
Several boats catch fire at Blue Springs Marina Saturday night, TWRA says.
Several boats catch fire at Blue Springs Marina Saturday night, TWRA says.(TWRA)
Published: Aug. 8, 2020 at 11:17 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2020 at 12:02 PM EDT
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KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said an engine exploded on a couple’s boat causing multiple reported boat fires in Roane Co., Saturday night.

According to TWRA, crews with the agency responded to the reported fires on Watts Bar Lake at Blue Springs Marina just around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night.

TWRA said a married couple from Monroe Co., sustained serious injuries due to the explosion on their boat. Both were flown by the University of Tennessee Lifestar to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

The dock and six vessels had significant damage, two of them which sunk.

Along with TWRA crews, UT Lifestar, Roane Co. EMS, Roane Co. Fire Units, Volunteer Electric Cooperative and TBI responded to the incident. Volunteer Electric assisted with the investigation in cutting power to the marina.

The incident remains under investigation.

TWRA Wildlife Officers responded to a call around 8:30 p.m. yesterday, on Watts Bar Lake, at Blue Springs Marina in...

Posted by Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency on Sunday, August 9, 2020

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