SAWYER COUNTY - A boat fire at the Black Lake Campground has resulted in injuries to a juvenile passenger, according to a press release from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office.

Press Release

On July 7th, 2020 at approximately 6:30pm, the Sawyer County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a boat fire at the Black Lake Campground in the Town of Draper. Sawyer County Deputies assisted by Sawyer County EMS/Paramedic and the Round Lake Fire Department responded to the scene.

Upon arrival, deputies observed an unoccupied boat in the water near the shore that contained visible flames. The operator of the boat, David J. Wiacek, age 56, of Sheldon, told deputies that he and two others were taking the boat out onto the lake. As he pushed from shore, he attempted to start the motor several times when heard what sounded like a small explosion. Immediately a fire erupted near the rear of the boat injuring a juvenile passenger. The remaining occupants of the boat were able to escape without injury.

The juvenile passenger received burns to his right forearm and leg. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.

- Per Sheriff Doug Mrotek



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