PAGE, Arizona, June 28, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Two people were injured Monday in a fire that destroyed three houseboats at a dry storage and maintenance facility just outside the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Amanda Hammond, spokesperson for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area said the National Park Service dispatch received a call at 11:45 a.m. that there was a fire at Offshore Marina, a dry storage facility near Bullfrog Marina at Lake Powell.
National Park Service firefighters responded and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.
Witnesses said the owner of the houseboat, was pumping fuel into his boat and something sparked causing an explosion. The man was able to get his family out of the houseboat and although the lower half of his body was severely burned, he drove himself to the clinic, where he was then taken by Classic Air Medical to a Salt Lake City area hospital.
Another member of his family, reported to possibly be his son, was experiencing breathing problems so he was also flown to a Salt Lake City hospital.
The two individuals received significant burns and were taken by Classic Air Medical to a Salt Lake City area hospital. Their condition is not known at this time.
“I’m proud of our firefighters and Classic Air Medical for their quick response,” Billy Shott, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area superintendent said. “Partnerships between our emergency responders and the medical evacuation crews in the area make it possible to provide lifesaving response in this remote part of the country.”