Two Injured in Marina Fire

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Photo by Christianne Connor

Photo by Christianne Connor

Two people were badly burned on Wednesday afternoon when the boat they were in exploded while refueling at Bridge Marina in Salisbury, Mass.

Salisbury fire Capt. Andrew Murphy told The (New England) Daily News the injured man and woman, both in their 20s, were taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with what he called "serious burns."

Bridge Marina employee Dan Flynn told the newspaper he saw gas leaking from the boat as he was pumping gas.

A moment later — “Boom! Like a large explosion,” he told the paper.

“I was scared, it was right in front of me,” said Flynn, who immediately shut off the bas valve to the pump and called 911 — he recently started his second summer working at the marina.

A passenger, who declined to give his name, said the owner had picked up the boat minutes earlier and were preparing to motor through the mouth of the Merrimack River and head south to Boston.