FAIRBANKS — A former Fairbanks resident is recovering from burns incurred by a boat fire in Seward a little over a week ago.

Sean Boddy, 23, was asleep on a boat he was renting in the Seward Small Boat Harbor when it caught fire at about 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 29.

“He has second- and third-degree burns over 18 percent of his body,” said his older brother, Justin Boddy, who is a firefighter at the Fort Wainwright Fire Department in Fairbanks. “He’s slowly but surely recuperating.”

The family is originally from Juneau. Sean had been living in Fairbanks for about a year and a half. He worked for a local shipping company while his wife attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, his brother said. He recently enrolled in a six-month welding class at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward. He was paying rent and living on the boat.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. It reportedly began on the 30- to 40-foot pleasure craft where Boddy was sleeping. By the time the fire department responded, the fire had fully engulfed the boat and jumped to an adjacent sailboat, said Deputy Fire Chief Eddie Athey.

Contact staff writer Molly Rettig at 459-7590.