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Posted: Monday, July 22, 2013 7:42 pm | Updated: 8:32 am, Wed Jul 24, 2013.

VALDEZ — Five members of a Fairbanks family were injured when their boat exploded in flames at a fuel dock in Valdez’s small boat harbor, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Lt. Allie Ferko said two adults and three children were aboard the 28-foot boat Falcon when it caught fire Monday at the Crowley fuel dock.  

Valdez radio station KCHU-AM reported that Owen Guthrie and his family were getting ready to go out on Prince William Sound when the boat exploded.

Guthrie’s wife and two of his three daughters were able to escape through a window that blew out; they suffered cuts. He went back to get his third daughter after she fell into the boat’s engine compartment.

The station said Guthrie and the teenage girl were severely burned. They were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Dan LaSota, who works with Guthrie as an instructional designer at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said Tuesday that he is in touch with the family and understands they are in stable condition.

He said the family appreciates community concern for their condition but hopes people will respect their privacy.

“They are getting good care at the hospital,” he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Falcon was re-floated and pulled out of the water Tuesday and there weren’t any signs of pollution, Ferko said.

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