Severely burned man walks self to Pine Cove fire station, life-flighted to hospital

PINE COVE – A man who walked himself to Fire Station 23 in Pine Cove was flown by life flight to an area trauma center with major injuries after he was severely burned by a water heater explosion at a residence in Pine Cove.

The water heater explosion occurred at about 11:39 a.m.  Saturday, June 25, at an undisclosed residence, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Public Information Officer April Newman.

The victim was first transported by AMR ground ambulance to a nearby location before he was picked up and flown by REACH air ambulance shortly before 1 p.m. The victim’s injuries were described as major, second-degree burns to his upper body, according to Newman.

As of 4 p.m. the following day, there had been no updates regarding the victim’s status.

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