UPDATE: Man Injured In Gas Tank Explosion
UPDATED INFORMATION, 6/28/12 11:00AM -
We have new information about an explosion that left a man badly burned Wednesday.
Officials say 36-year old Fred Cronmiller of Buhl accidently hit the gas line, causing the tank to explode.
Cronmiller was working for a local man who scraps vehicles.
Witnesses say they saw Cronmiller's clothing catch fire and pushed him into a canal to douse the flames.
Emergency personnel induced a coma when they arrived to the scene.
Cronmiller was airlifted to the burn center in Salt Lake City, where he remains in serious condition.
According to his father, Cronmiller has burns on more than 70 percent of his body and will be in an induced coma for 3 to 4 months.
Filer, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Authorities from the Twin Falls County Sheriffs Office, Filer Fire and Quick Response responded to a gas tank explosion at 8:11am this morning. That explosion severely burned a Twin Falls County resident. Twin Falls Sheriff Spokeswoman Lori Stewart said Fred Cronmiller, 36, was scrapping a vehicle at 1900 East and 3900 North when he accidentally hit the vehicles gas line causing the tank to explode which in turn, set his clothes on fire. Nearby farm workers responded quickly and pushed Cronmiller into a nearby canal, to douse the flames. By the time the fire department arrived, the workers had extinguished the flames that had burned near the vehicle. Cronmiller was taken to St. Luke’s in Twin Falls and then airlifted to the burn center in Salt Lake City in serious condition with severe burns to his body.