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Fire capt. badly burned in explosion released from hospital

Jake Slater, 21, suffered first- and second-degree burns to over 70 percent of his body in an off-duty work-related explosion

By FireRescue1 Staff

LEWES, Del. — A fire captain severely burned in an off-duty work-related explosion has returned home.

Delmarva Now reported that Capt. Jake Slater, 21, with the Lewes Fire Department, is home resting after being discharged on Tuesday.

Jake Slater. (Photo/GoFundMe)
Jake Slater. (Photo/GoFundMe)

"He is doing very well," PIO Glenn Marshall said. "Obviously, we weren't expecting this quick of a turnaround, but for him being a young, healthy man along with his willpower cut down on his hospital time."

Slater has a long road in his recovery, but Marshall said he’s got the support system he needs to get better.

Slater was burned in an off-duty work-related explosion in March at Delmarva Petroleum. He tried to open a waste oil tank and sparks ignited the vapors, causing burns to 70 percent of his body. He received several skin grafts for his first- and second-degree burns.

Fundraisers have been held to support his medical costs, and a GoFundMe account has raised almost $18,000.

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