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Moorhead man hospitalized with severe burns in camping fuel accident

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man was severely injured in an explosion early Monday morning after police say he tried to re-start a fire at his home using camping fuel on what turned out to be still-hot embers.

  Moorhead Police Lt. Tory Jacobson said police were dispatched at about 1:31 a.m. to a medical assistance call at Covent Gardens Street South, where they found a 29-year-old man who had suffered severe burns to the right side of his body, and evidence of a recent fire.

  The man had built a fire which had gone out earlier that evening, Jacobson said, but it had gone out.

  The man then became cold, and decided to re-start the fire that morning with some sort of camping fuel,

  When he put the camping fuel on the remnants of the first fire, it was still hot enough to explode, scaring the man and causing him to jump back and splash the fuel on himself, Jacobson said.

  The fuel then ignited, burning the man on his right arm and leg, Jacobson said.

  The victim was rushed to Essentia Hospital for treatment of his burns.