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.