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Three suffer burn injuries after boat explosion and fire

A boat explosion and fire on Big Turtle Lake in rural Itasca County sent three people to the hospital. 

According to the Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, it happened just before noon Tuesday morning. 

Initial reports were that four people, two kids and two adults, were in the boat.

Authorities say the two children were thrown from the boat, and the two adults jumped into the water.

Bystanders and staff from a nearby lodge pulled the four from the water, and brought them safely to shore.

The sheriff says the two children were wearing life jackets.  

The department says impairment was not a factor, but they are investigating the cause of the explosion and fire. 

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