Auburn woman burned as boat catches fire on Cayuga Lake (video)

An Auburn woman was burned Sunday evening when her boyfriend’s boat caught fire at Beacon Bay Marina on Cayuga Lake, family and friends said.

Patty Bruce and her boyfriend, Mike Vanhouten, were on the pontoon boat shortly before 6 p.m. when the fire started, according to Bruce’s best friend Judy Cicora. Vanhouten was not burned in the fire, she said.

Flames engulfed the boat and heavy black smoke billowed above.

Several people in the area called 911, and some took photos and video from a distance, including from other boats.
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