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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2002 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man apparently barbecuing at a Father's Day celebration was in critical condition Sunday after he squirted alcohol on the grill, which exploded into a fireball, authorities said. The 27-year-old Lake Forest man, whose name was not released, suffered second- and third-degree burns to about 80% of his body. Capt. Stephen Miller of the Orange County Fire Authority said the man was barbecuing on a small patio outside his ground-floor apartment, with small children and the man's wife present.
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June 16, 2002 | PAULINE ARRILLAGA, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
Second in a weekly series * PHOENIX -- It was after sunrise when the three surgeons emerged from the operating room in the Arizona Burn Center. Even they were horrified at what they had left behind. "Monstrous," one muttered as the operation concluded. The man on the table had been stripped of his entire face. Gone were the eyelids, the eyebrows, most of the nose and ears. He had no cheeks or forehead, no skin whatsoever. He looked like an anatomical model, dissected to muscle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2001
A worker who was painting a house in Santa Ana suffered burns over 11% of his body Sunday when the lacquer he was using as a cleaner ignited, authorities said. Gustavo Mendez, 29, of Inglewood was rushed to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was listed in guarded condition Sunday evening. He suffered first- and second-degree burns over his hands and face, but is expected to recover fully, hospital officials said.
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October 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Declaring that "life will never be normal for me and a lot of other people," a critically burned survivor of the trade center attack was released from the hospital. Securities trader Manu Dhingrha left the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan where he was treated for burns on 35% of his body. Dhingrha, 27, worked for Andover Brokerage on the 83rd floor of the north tower. He said he "heard an explosion" and was "covered in a ball of fire."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A Los Angeles firefighter injured while battling the fatal arson blaze at the Palomar Hotel in Hollywood was released Saturday from Grossman Burn Center, officials said. Jeff Robles, 27, will continue outpatient treatment for his burns, said Larry Weinberg, a hospital spokesman. Robles suffered second-degree burns to his face and third-degree burns to his left arm in the Aug. 16 fire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON and ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 4-year-old Granada Hills boy was buried Tuesday morning, hours before his father pleaded not guilty to charges that he started the fire that killed his son. Marquise Diantae McDonald was honored by the very profession he aspired to, as more than a dozen uniformed firefighters were among the 125 mourners at his funeral. He was buried in a Los Angeles Fire Department T-shirt, replica firefighter's pants and a junior Fire Department badge. A white cross was in his hands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001
Two people were badly burned Monday in a blaze at a Van Nuys apartment that police said may have been an illegal drug lab. The fire started at around 4 p.m. at a complex at 15820 Vanowen Street, fire spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Firefighters put the blaze out in eight minutes, but a 31-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were taken to area hospitals in critical condition with burns over more than 60% of their bodies, Humphrey said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ and DANIEL HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 4-year-old boy who dreamed of becoming a firefighter died Tuesday night from burns suffered over most of his body, after his father allegedly set his mother's hair on fire and torched her Granada Hills townhouse. The boy, who had run to help his mother during the Monday night attack, was being treated at Torrance Memorial Hospital for third-degree burns over 73% of his body. His 32-year-old mother, whose name was not released, suffered abrasions and minor burns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2001
A woman and a 5-year-old child who may have been intentionally splashed with gasoline were being treated for burns after a fire Monday night in their Granada Hills apartment, fire officials said. The boy was airlifted to Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles, where he was listed in critical condition with third-degree burns over 50% of his body, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Firefighters were called to the fire in the 16000 block of San Fernando Mission Road at 10:24 p.m.
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