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Austin Party boat fire linked to arson

A party boat fire that occurred on Lady Bird Lake in Austin after propane heating tanks exploded on the vessel has now been linked to arson.

According to officials with the Austin Fire Department, witnesses said that people were seen leaving the boat after the fire broke out, but police only know of one person that is involved at this time.

The owner of the boat said that he did not know of anyone who would do this. The fire broke out on the 70-foot paddle-wheel boat around 2 p.m on Christmas day. Two smaller boats on the marina were also damaged, but luckily there were no injuries.

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