Man returns personal items to family after boat fire
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man who towed away a boat that was engulfed in flames found some valuable possessions and returned it to the family.
A 45-foot power boat, docked along Hendricks Isle Drive just north of Las Olas Boulevard, burst into flames around 7:25 a.m., on Wednesday. Skyforce HD hovered above the scene as the fire spread to other boats.
Inside the vessel that exploded, owner Bart Loprest suffered first, second and third degree burns to most of his body. He survived the explosion.
Loprest's wife and his 4-year-old son escaped unharmed. "I don't remember anything," said Loprest's wife.
The boat was named a total loss, and after the fire the boat was towed away to be scraped. Warrent Fronte, who used a crane to take the boat apart, made a discovery. "The first thing we came across was three Bibles. I thought it was really inspiring," said Fronte.
Near the large books, Fronte found near a Rolex watch, Loprest's ID, some cash and the young boy's toys. "When I first found the Bible I knew this was a gift from the heavens," said Fronte.
Fronte wasted no time. He removed what he could from the burned boat and called the family to return their personal items.
The family said they're grateful some of their possessions survived, but even more thankful no one was killed. "He's alive, and his family is alive, which is the most important," said Loprest's brother, Uller Perez
The family said Loprest is recuperating.
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