A woman was hospitalized with serious burn injuries after a boat caught fire during a Fourth of July celebration on Lake Oroville, about 80 miles north of Sacramento.
• A family was celebrating the Fourth of July on Lake Oroville when their boat suddenly caught fire.
• At least one person suffered serious burn injuries and was taken to a hospital to be treated.
• Rangers are still investigating the cause of the fire. They do not know if it was an explosion or a flashover.
The boat had just left Foreman Island, which is located on the North part of Lake Oroville, near the Foreman Creek Access Area off of the Oro-Quincy Highway, KHSL News reported.
Family members said the engine suddenly burst into flames. They said a 27-year-old woman suffered severe burns. They indicated that a younger girl on the boat also was burned, although no other news stories reported that.
The family flagged down a nearby boater, who helped get them off of the boat and transported the injured woman to a parking lot on shore, where she was taken — apparently by friends or family — to Oroville Hospital.
Cal Fire-Butte County Capt. Marcus Ekdahl told the Mercury-Register there was a delay in getting to the victim because rescue units did not know whether the other boat that was transporting the victim to the Loafer Creek Campground parking lot or the lot at Foreman Creek.
Ekdahl said an engine did arrive at Foreman Creek at about 9:30 p.m., but the injured woman had already left.
Park rangers told KHSL that fire crews and boats around the lake were prepared for any emergency that might occur in conjunction with the fireworks show, but the boat fire started away from any of those units.
Rangers said they do not believe the fireworks had anything to do with the boat fire, but they don’t know what did cause it.
“We’re not sure if it was an explosion or a flashover,” park ranger Travis Gee said. “That is still under investigation.”
The California State Parks Department impounded the burned boat and will inspect it to determine what caused the fire or explosion.
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