A man in Belmond, IA was severely injured when a propane leak caused an explosion at his home on Monday. The man, who suffered burns to 60 percent of his body, was airlifted to University Hospitals in Iowa City for treatment.
The Belmond Fire Department was called to the house, located at 1288 Taylor Ave., around 4:50 p.m. on Monday. Belmond fire chief Dean Adcock told KIMT tv that a leak in the propane line leading into the house was the source of the explosion, but that they don’t yet know what caused the leak or what ignited the gas.
Burn injuries are complex trauma injuries requiring specialty care in medical settings that be lengthy and expensive. Depending on the severity and location of the burns, treatment may require breathing assistance, tube feeding, skin grafts, plastic surgery, specialized dressings, ointments and creams; and physical or occupational therapy. Sometimes, complications can develop including sepsis and tetanus infections, scarring, hypovolemia (blood loss), hypothermia (low body temperature), nerve damage, breathing problems, bone or joint problems, shock and death.