UPDATE: Family says child, father injured by campfire explosion expected to recover

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UPDATE 10/24/16 @ 6:30 p.m.
DUNBAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A father's skin graft surgery is complete, while his 5-year-old son awaits a similar surgery -- beginning the process healing the wounds caused by a campfire explosion in Dunbar during the weekend.

Family members of Heath Graley and his son, Kyler, say, while the road will not be easy, both are expected to recover from their injuries.

"The worst is over," Kyler's grandmother, Jody Kinser said. "But it's still scary ... knowing they're going to have to go through so much pain before they get better."

Kyler's mother, Sarah Kinser, is with her son at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh. She says, after spending Sunday in good spirits, even walking at times, Kyler did spike a fever in the evening and has spent Monday resting.

Family members say the top priority of medics is keeping Kyler clear from infection, with burns on his legs, hand and face.

As for Kyler's father, Heath Graley, family says his injuries were even worse because he used his body to shield Kyler from the explosion at the last second.

Firefighters say Heath Graley and his son Kyler Graley were trying to start a campfire when the explosion happened. A gas can exploded. Debris from the explosion could be seen the following afternoon scattered around the yard.

Neighbors say there was a loud boom that sounded like a bomb followed by screams and fire.

Kyler's grandparents, Jody and Don Kinser, say the news of the accident was terrifying.

"I just remember sudden panic," Jody Kinser said. "We lost a son in January, so I felt that same panic."

"It was like being hit in the stomach," Don Kinser said. "You didn't know whether to cry or sit there, stare, throw something, you didn't know what to do."

The Kinsers say they are heading to Pittsburgh Monday night to be with their loved ones in comforting Kyler and Heath.

"We do try to support one another ... smile despite what you're going through," Jody Kinser said. "A positive outlook makes things better."

Family members have set up a GoFundMe webpage to help cover hospital expenses and to allow for Kyler's mother to take off work to take care of her son. If you would like to donate, we have a link posted under Featured Links.



UPDATE 10/23/16 @ 5:30 p.m.
DUNBAR, W.Va (WSAZ) -- A father and his 5-year-old son are recovering at a burn center after an explosion late Saturday night.

It happened in the 900 block of Dutch Hollow Road in Dunbar before 10 p.m.

Firefighters say Heath Graley and his son Kyler Graley were trying to start a campfire when the explosion happened. A gas can exploded. Debris from the explosion could be seen the following afternoon scattered around the yard.

Neighbors say there was a loud boom that sounded like a bomb followed by screams and fire.

The Dunbar Police Department, Dunbar Fire Department, and Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority initially responded to the scene.

Both Graley and his son are now at a burn center in Pittsburgh. According to family members, the 5-year-old was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital and his father was taken there by ambulance.

They will both need surgery, likely several. Family members say Kyler has third degree burns to his right hand and both legs below the knee. They say he also has first degree burns to his face. He will need skin grafts.

The father's injuries are worse. It is unclear what his condition is, but family says he has extensive burns to his right leg, hip and hand. He will also need surgery and skin grafts.

Neighbors jumped in to help after the explosion. One called 911 and two others took the little boy inside their home to calm him down and assess his injuries.

"The dad, he was freaking out, you know, because of his son. He was more worried about his son than he was himself," says Rick Smith, who lives next door. "His legs were burnt, bleeding. His hands was burnt, but he was more worried about the five year old than he was himself."

The two are expected to be in the hospital for weeks, as opposed to days.

Family friends have set up a GoFundMe page for Kyler's medical expenses. If you would like to donate, we have a link posted under featured links.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/22/2016 @ 10:07 p.m.
DUNBAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One person was injured Saturday night after a propane tank exploded.

It happened in the 900 block of Dutch Hollow Road in Dunbar just before 10 p.m. Saturday.

According to Metro 911, one person was burned when a propane tank exploded.

There is no word on the severity of those injuries.

Dunbar Police, Dunbar Fire, and Kanawha EMS responded to the scene.



 
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