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UPDATE: Explosion in Lincoln leaves man with burns on 80 percent of his body

LINCOLN, Del. - UPDATE: Officials have identified the man injured in Tuesday's explosion in Lincoln as Captain Jake Slater of the Lewes Fire Department.

A post on the Lewes Fire Department's website states that Slater was flown to Johns Hopkins Bayview for his injuries.

The Lewes Fire Department says Slater has a long and difficult recovery ahead of him.

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The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office says an explosion in Lincoln left one man seriously injured.

Shortly after 1 PM, firefighters and EMS responded to Delmarva Petroleum in the 9000 block of Clendaniel Pond Road, officials said. Responders found a 21-year-old man with serious burns and transported him to Beebe Medical Center.

Officials say the man was found to have suffered first and second degree burns to 80 percent of his body. He was transferred to the Crozer Burn Center in Chester, Pa. for further treatment, fire marshals said.

After an investigation, fire marshals say they determined that the man was using a chop saw to cut open a waste oil tank when petroleum vapors were ignited by sparks from the saw. The resulting explosion and flash fire caused an estimated $1,000 in damages at the scene.


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