Boat caught fire shortly after owner purchased fuel

Police are investigating a fire that destroyed a boat and its engine yesterday at around 16:00hrs at 4th Avenue beach, Bartica, Essequibo River

Police inquiries revealed that Okema Brummell went to ‘Sir’ Gas Station at 4th Avenue beach Bartica, Essequibo River to purchase gasoline with the boat.

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After purchasing the gasoline, he restarted the engine and in the process the battery sparked and the boat ignited into flames causing him to receive minor burns to his left foot before he jumped into the Essequibo River for safety.

Okema Brunell was rushed to the Bartica Hospital where he received medical treatment and was sent away.

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