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Man Injured In Boat Fire


A man was burned when  his boat caught on fire in Rochester on Saturday night.  It happened on the east side of the river.

Authorities say it was a 20 foot sailboat, and the 51 year old man had already gotten  out of the boat by the time firefighters got there.

He suffered burns over 30 percent of his body and was taken to Strong Hospital. Reportedly the man was asleep when the fire broke out. It may have been started by a problem with a space heater.

The interior living space of the boat was gutted.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.