LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Six people were injured in a boat fire at Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins on Saturday morning.
The fire followed an explosion on the boat, which was near the Inlet Bay Marina.
Firefighters gained control of the fire at 10:22 a.m.
Witnesses say a dock worker used a barge to push the burning boat to the other side of the bay.
“He took his barge and guided the other boat to the other shoreline to get it away from the other boaters,” says Richard Sesock. “If the boat would have floated away engulfed in flames, it would have gone into the other docks.”
Firefighters say all six people on board the boat were able to jump off and swim to shore.
One was flown to a hospital by helicopter with respiratory burns, three were transported by ambulance and two were treated at the scene.
“They had like a second or two to even realize what was happening, but everyone was jumping off the boat,” says Sesock.
Firefighters are still trying to figure out what caused the fire.
“They were having some difficulty getting the boat started,” said Chris Wolf, a spokesperson for the Poudre Fire Authority. “At one point, they started the motor and it exploded.”
The fire reignited after the boat was removed because of the intense heat remaining. Firefighters extinguishing the fire quickly.
“It was an impressive example of partnerships across agencies. In total, we had five agencies working together to get patients the care they needed. Plus, it was in a more remote location with limited access,” Battalion Chief and Incident Commander Ross Reinking said.