A 49 year old Korumburra man sustained life-threatening burns to his face and upper body after he poured petrol on a burn-off in the backyard of his rural property, north of Korumburra last Thursday afternoon.
Following the incident he was treated by ambulance paramedics and airlifted to hospital in Melbourne in a serious but stable condition.
Police at the scene said the local man was burning off some branches and other material ahead of the start to fire restrictions when the fire died down.
“He’s added some petrol to the fire and it’s just gone ‘wooshka’ and engulfed him,” said Sergeant Scott Morrison of Wonthaggi.
“He’s sustained burns to his arms, upper body and his face but he’s also inhaled it as its gone off causing concern about damage to his lungs and airways,” he said.
Sgt Morrison said the emergency call came in around 4.45pm and was answered by police, local CFA brigades and Ambulance Victoria.
Due to the serious nature of the injuries sustained, one of Ambulance Victoria’s relatively new AW-139 twin engine helicopters stationed in the Latrobe Valley attended the scene, initially intending to land at the Korumburra Recreation Reserve but ultimately setting down beside the 18th green at the Korumburra Golf Club, closer to the Korumburra-Bena Road location of the incident.
The treatment and care provided by paramedics at the scene were highly praised by local family members in attendance.