Man suffers burns after boat catches on fire

Pier at Lake Kegonsa boat ramp damaged in blaze
Man suffers burns after boat catches on fire

A 33-year-old man suffered burns to his hands and lower arms after his boat caught on fire Thursday night at a boat launch on Lake Kegonsa, according to the Dane County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident happened just before 6 p.m. in the 3300 block of Fish Camp Road in the Town of Dunn.

According to the sheriff’s department, a 1990 Bayliner was tied to the pier at the boat launch when it caught fire. The boat was a total loss, with an estimated cost of $4000. The pier also sustained $15,000 in damage and is currently unusable for boaters.

The victim also sustained smoke inhalation and was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The DNR helped sheriff’s deputies clean up the mess, which including a gallon of fuel leaking into the water during the fire. Deputies said the fire doesn’t appear suspicious and was likely caused by a mechanical issue.