Assessing the damage

An explosion at a North Shore Marina storage building on Saturday has put summer plans off-course for some of the owners of boats that were stored there.
Marie Havenga
Mar 26, 2013

Grand Haven Fire Marshal Jay Paulson said total damages from the fire will likely exceed $1 million. He said all of the 80 boats inside the building at the time suffered smoke damage.

A Grand Rapids man was hurt in the incident. Michael Rosencrance, 56, was taken by ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with serious burns. He was listed in fair condition Monday, but hospital officials said they could provide no more information at the request of his family.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said he has not yet talked to Rosencrance.

“We are going to wait until that is possible, then we will talk to him to get a detailed statement,” the chief said.

Hawke said Rosencrance was doing minor electrical repairs on his 42-foot Carver on Saturday morning when he apparently ignited a torch that caused the explosion shortly before 11 a.m.

Hawke said Rosencrance was able to get himself out of the building after the explosion. He suffered “serious burns, but is expected to be OK," Hawke said.

Paulson said Rosencrance's boat and two other nearby 40-plus-foot vessels were “totaled” in the explosion at the marina, 18275 Berwyck St. The blast also blew out the back wall of the 80,000-square-foot metal building.

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