Boat explosion causes injuries at yacht club

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Five people were treated for injuries Monday after a boat exploded at the Port Orchard Yacht Club in Washington.

A 55-year-old Seattle man had hired workers to help him lift the boat, which had sunk Sunday, Port Orchard police officer Jerry Jensen told the Kitsap Sun newspaper.

When the boat owner plugged in a cord to turn the motor on, an electrical spark mixed with gas fumes and ignited the explosion, according to Jensen.

The boat owner and two others were treated at Harrison Medical Center; three people were treated at the scene by South Kitsap Fire and Rescue firefighters.

The explosion destroyed the 39-foot Elco wooden boat.

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