The Mohave County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate a boat engine fire that left two people injured at Windsor Beach State Park on Saturday afternoon.
Waterways deputies arrived at the no-wake zone in the south area of the beach and found four people in a 21-foot 1989 Cole boat. Personnel from the Lake Havasu Fire Department had already reached the location.
Dale Leon Nichols, 78, of Avondale, was transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center with second-degree burns and was transferred to an unspecified burn center in Phoenix for further treatment.
The operator of the boat, Dean Nichols, 56, of Lancaster, Calif., was treated at the scene. The other two passengers were uninjured.
It has so far been determined that a fire started as a result of gasoline fumes building up when the boat engine backfired. Nichols extinguished the engine compartment fire with two onboard fire extinguishers, according to deputies.
Another boat exploded on Sunday, the sheriff’s office reported. There were no injuries in the blast near Havasu Palms.
Approximately 4:55 p.m., deputies responded to a boat explosion where both of the occupants jumped into the water after the explosion. A man and woman, both of Havasu Palms, were boating in the area when they heard a hissing sound coming from the engine compartment. They investigated by lifting cover to the engine compartment and the engine ignited.