Naples man burned in boat explosion upgraded to serious condition

Photo provided by City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department
- A firefighter extinguishes smoldering fire on a boat on involved in an explosion the previous night.  Naples resident Alex Sempf and his 11-year-old son, Kristoff Sempf, were injured in the fire.

Photo by City of Naples Fire Department

Photo provided by City of Naples Fire-Rescue Department - A firefighter extinguishes smoldering fire on a boat on involved in an explosion the previous night. Naples resident Alex Sempf and his 11-year-old son, Kristoff Sempf, were injured in the fire.

Helmut Alex Sempf

Helmut Alex Sempf

A 59-year-old Naples man burned in a boat explosion Friday night has been upgraded to serious condition, a Tampa General Hospital spokeswoman said.

Alex Sempf, who had been previously listed in critical condition, remains at the hospital with burns over 75 percent of his body following the fire on Bembury Drive. Sempf's 11-year-old son Kristoff, who suffered serious burns to his lower legs, remains in serious condition.

Naples fire officials believe the explosion was accidental as the father and son tried to remove gasoline from the boat.

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