Woman escapes boat fire on Norris Lake

Woman escapes boat fire on Norris Lake

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The remnants of the boat that caught fire Monday morning in Norris Lake. (source: TWRA) The remnants of the boat that caught fire Monday morning in Norris Lake. (source: TWRA)

ANDERSONVILLE (WATE) - A woman escaped a boat fire Monday morning on Norris Lake in Anderson County.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers say they responded around 11 a.m. and found a 2012 22-foot Supra wakeboard boat completely engulfed by a fire that started near the vessel's engine.

The husband of the woman driving the boat said he had just launched the vessel when his wife took the boat down the lake for a short ride while he was parking their vehicle.

The man also noted the engine's power ventilation system, designed to help prevent boat fires, was being used.

As the boat made its way toward Sequoyah marina and turned to come back, the man, who was watching from the shore, noticed smoke coming from the boat's stern.

When the engine stalled, the woman opened the engine hatch and the boat engulfed into flames. She then retrieved a personal floatation device and jumped into the water. A nearby boat came to her rescue.

The burning boat then drifted to an island near the confluence of the Clinch and Powell rivers where it continued to burn. The fire was eventually put out by members of the Andersonville Fire Department.

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