Man suffers serious burns when he tries to light recreational fire

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m.:  Turns out that the man burned in Monday morning's fire was simply trying to start a recreational fire with an accelerant.

The new information, from Bryan Adams, a Dayton Fire Department spokesman, departs from a preliminary investigation of the incident.

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The victim was in his backyard, using the accelerant. He was not attempting to repair a tire, as District Chief James Rose said the preliminary investigation indicated.


Firefighters said a man suffered second- and third-degree burns to around 70 percent of his body while using an accelerant to work on a tire.

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Crews were dispatched to a home in the 1600 block of Huffman Avenue in Dayton around 10 a.m. on reports of a burn victim.

Dayton Fire District Chief James Rose said it appears the man was attempting to either inflate a tire or seal the tire to a wheel by applying an accelerant and igniting it. Rose said this caused an explosion, and critically injured the man, who suffered severe burns to 70 percent of his body.

“[This practice] can result in a disaster, and quickly, without warning, and that’s what happened here it appears,” Rose said.

“We would advise nobody to try this practice, even in an emergency situation to repair a flat tire.”

We’re checking with automotive specialists to learn more about this practice of fixing and inflating tires and its dangers.

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