EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Five children under the age of 15 have been injured on Folsom Lake after a fuel vapor flash on a boat.
Folsom Lake Marina officials say the man operating the 18-foot boat had just put fuel in it before subsequently starting the engine on Sunday, which may have ignited the fuel vapors. Everyone on the boat jumped off and was helped to safety after the explosion.READ MORE: Wind-Whipped Wildfire in Big Sur Shuts Hwy 1, Forces Evacuations
“We talked to one of the dock workers and they said there was an engine fire and some girls got burned badly,” a witness said.READ MORE: Curry Hits Winning Jumper, Warriors Beat Rockets 105-103
The victims were taken to a hospital to get treatment for first- and second-degree burns.
All five victims are expected to survive.MORE NEWS: Two Years On, Employment Still Below Pre-Pandemic Peak
Alisa Schaedler, a witness who arrived at Brown’s Ravine Marina just after the incident, says a good vapor flash example is when a barbecue backfires after lighting it with the lid on.