Man Badly Burned in Tanker Truck Mishap

MAPUNAPUNA (KHNL) - A man was seriously injured, when flames erupted at a Mapunapuna business Thursday morning.

About 15 firefighters rushed to Clark's Petroleum Parts and Service shortly after 9 a.m. Authorities say a 28-year-old man was doing maintenance work on a tanker truck, when some liquid on the ground ignited.

The fire spread to some tires in the area. Paramedics say the worker suffered first-degree burns to his face and arms.

"I was in the restaurant, and I could hear them screaming," Paula Okamoto, witness, said. "They said, 'fire!' And I was like, 'oh, gosh.' So I ran back there. The owner from Clark and Petroleum's Parts and Service, she said, 'my son's on fire!'"

The victim was taken to Straub Hospital in serious, but stable, condition. Firefighters extinguished the blaze within 10 minutes of the call.