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UPDATE: Burn Victim Receives Further Treatment

By: Shannon Houser Email
By: Shannon Houser Email

UPDATE: 5/24/2012 4:39 PM

He suffered serious burns to his hands in trying to keep an oil well fire from spreading through a junkyard.

Now he's at a Columbus hospital getting skin grafts for his badly burned hands.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says it started at a pump house near hilltop auto wrecking.

61-year-old Dean Decker was at the well at the time. He owns three wells in the area and was taking off drip gas when a spark ignited. It spread from the pump house to the nearby junk yard.

Decker was taken to the OSU Burn Center for further treatment.

Deputies say even after he sustained serious burns, he ran across the junkyard to turn off the other wells.

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UPDATE: 5/24/2012 06:00 AM

61-year-old Dean Decker was treated and released from Marietta Memorial Hospital.
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UPDATE: 5/23/2012 05:07 PM

Officials say 61-year-old Dean Decker was tending to 1 of 3 private wells he owns when the fire broke out.

According to Sheriff Larry Mincks he was performing maintenance on the well, taking off drip gas, a spark ignited.

Decker is being treated for third degree burns on his hands and has been transported to Marietta Memorial Hospital. Deputies say even after he sustained serious burns, he ran to the other side of the junkyard to turn off the other wells.

Oak Grove, Belpre, and Warren Volunteer Fire Departments responded. They say after they got the fire under control, they wanted to make sure it didn't spread to other cars in the lot.
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Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says the fire started at a pump house near Hilltop Auto Wrecking.

A 61-year-old man was at the well when the fire broke out. It spread from the pump house to the nearby junk yard.

No word yet on how that happened. The man is being treated for minor burns at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

Oak Grove and Warren Volunteer Fire Departments are currently on scene.

We'll have more on the fire as it becomes available.

Stay tuned to WTAP and WTAP.com for more information.


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