The Branch County Sheriff’s Department reports the incident took place as 34-year-old Zachariah Young of Middle Point, Ohio was starting his boat near the access on Huyck Lake.
He started the blower motor to air out engine compartment and then attempted to start the boat when there was
an explosion in the engine compartment.
He went to the front of the boat to get the fire extinguisher and another explosion occurred.
Young jumped out of the boat and started splashing water on the boat however it became fully involved in flames.
Branch County 911 was called for assistance. Lakeland Fire, Life Care Ambulance and Branch County Sheriff’s responded.
The damage to the destroyed boat was estimated at $2,500.