A 76-year-old man suffers first and second degree burns in Yabucoa due to an apparent gas leak

A 76-year-old man suffered burns on his body this morning when you were about to use a gas stove at his residence located in the Vivita sector of the Playita neighborhood in Yabucoa, the Police reported.

According to the preliminary information, a call to the 9-1-1 Emergency System alerted to a fire in the terrace kitchen area at the back of the residence.

The Fire Department indicated in a tweet that the incident appears to be due to a gas leak.

The injured party was identified as Carmelo Delgado Pagán, 76, who was initially transported to the Mennonite Hospital in that town, where he was diagnosed first and second degree burns on 40% to 50% of your body.

Later, he was referred to the Río Piedras Medical Center in stable condition, but described as delicate.

Firefighter William Merced, from the Yabucoa Fire Station, extinguished the fire.

Agent Julio Sánchez from the Yabucoa district conducted the investigation of this incident and the Humacao Area Explosives Division was notified.

This is the third incident in less than a week involving a fire in a residence where there was gas.

The first was the explosion at a residence in Las Piedras that resulted in the death of Eliezerth Silk and Janine Goldthorpe. Meanwhile, the second was reported last Sunday in a residence in the Luis Muñoz Marín urbanization, in San Lorenzo.

In the San Lorenzo incident, an 87-year-old man suffered burns to 70% of his body, while his 85-year-old wife suffered health complications from inhaling smoke.

However, in none of the cases have the authorities determined, categorically, that the gas was the trigger for an explosion or fire.

In Las Piedras, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF, in English) refused to indicate that a gas leak was what caused the explosion. There were three gas cylinders in the residence and none were affected. At the time of this publication, the authorities had not reported the outcome of the investigation.

Nor had they done so in the San Lorenzo incident, since what the Fire Department indicated is that it was believed that the fire occurred due to a gas leak.

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