Five hurt in boat explosion

The Coast Guard says five members of a Fairbanks family were injured when their boat exploded in flames at a fuel dock in Valdez's small boat harbor.

Lt. Allie Ferko said two adults and three children were aboard the 28-foot pleasure boat Falcon when it caught fire Monday at the Crowley fuel dock.


he family had just finished fueling the boat in preparation for leaving.

KCHU-AM reports that Owen Guthrie and his family were getting ready to go out on Prince William Sound.

Guthrie's wife and two of his three daughters were able to escape through a window that blew out; they suffered cuts. He went back to get his third daughter after she fell into the boat's engine compartment. The station says Guthrie and the teenage girl were severely burned.

All were taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Their conditions weren't immediately known.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.