Orleans County Man Burned After Gasoline Tank Explosion

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM EDT

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Orleans County Man Burned After Gasoline Tank Explosion

May 17, 2013 Updated May 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM EDT

TOWN OF CARLTON, N.Y. (WKBW) - An Orleans County man is recovering following an explosion Friday morning.

Sheriffs say around 11:20 a.m., 75-year-old Wesley Baes was operating an acetylene torch in an attempt to patch a hole in a 200 gallon, above-ground, gasoline tank.

The tank has been drained however residual vapors ignited and caused the explosion.

Baes was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital via Mercy Flight. He sustained what were described as severe burns.