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Four injured in Lake of the Woods boat explosion

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Four Winnipeg men were injured when their boat exploded on Lake of the Woods on Sunday night.

The men, aged 59, 56, 49 and 22, were taken to Lake of the Woods District Hospital before being transferred to the Health Sciences Centre.

Kenora Ontario Provincial Police Const. Bob Bernie said today that none of the injuries were life-threatening. He said the names won’t be released.

"They were already on the dock getting assistance when we arrived," Bernie said.

"They were suffering burns."

Bernie said the four were in a 5.6-metre inboard/outboard boat travelling to their cabin on an island in the lake’s Bald Indian Bay near Bare Point Marina with some gas cans they had filled when the explosion occurred just after 7 p.m.

"The boat stalled and it had to be restarted a couple of times," he said.

"The second time they started it, it set on fire."

Area boaters rescued the men and brought them to shore. The boat was completely destroyed.

Bernie said the fire is still under investigation.

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