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Fisherman says mishap with flare ignited boat fire in Altamonte Springs

2nd boater helps rescue man on Lake Orienta

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – A boat caught fire early Friday on Lake Orienta in Altamonte Springs.

According to officials, a man was fishing from the boat when he said the motor stalled.  He said he tried to use a flare to alert others that he was in distress, but the flare shot into the boat, igniting it.

Video from Local 6 helicopter Sky 6 showed large flames lifting skyward from the boat.

Another boater helped rescue the man, who was wearing a lifevest, and towed the boat to the shoreline, where firefighters doused the flames.

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