Sunday, August 20, 2006
Four people had to jump into the Mississippi River Saturday night after their boat caught fire. It happened around 6:30pm near the high bridge in St. Paul. Authorities say the boat occupants had just filled the 40 gallon tank with fuel. The driver tried to start the boat's engine several times when there was an explosion. The entire boat was quickly engulfed in flames and thick black smoke could be seen for miles.
High Bridge In St. Paul MinnesotaPeople on a passing fishing boat managed to rescue the four people from the water. They were taken to a house boat and then brought to shore. It took firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the flames. Officials say the outcome could have been a lot worse and that it's amazing nobody was injured. Investigators believe there was a fuel leak between the tank and carborator.