NAPLES, Fla.- We're learning more tonight about the victims in Monday's gas explosion in Naples. The Mangrove Cafe' chef caught in the middle of the mess is out of the hospital and doing fine, but the other two men involved aren't faring nearly as well.
Donnie Kingston reported to work just like he'd done any other Monday. But what happened next was anything but normal. The beer tap technician says he saw a vapor escaping from the back of a propane gas truck parked behind Mangrove Cafe'.
"He didn't know what it was, until he got close enough to the gentleman to smell the gas. Next thing you know, boom!" said Donnie's boss, Jack Tew of Tampa-based Tap Technology.
Tew talked to Donnie following the accident. Tew says Donnie was thrown into the air during the explosion.
"He got knocked back probably 15 or 20 feet, got up, his shirt was on fire," Tew said.
Donnie's trying to recover from 2nd and 3rd degree burns- over 25 to 40% of his body. He's now in Tampa General Hospital's Burn Unit.
"His spirits are great. He went into surgery this morning and had some skin graphs and they're going to assess the extent of his burns," Tew said.
But the explosion is also blow to Donnie's finances because he's without medical insurance. His family plans to set up a fund to help with expenses. But in the meantime, they're focusing on standing by his side during what's sure to be a long, and painful recovery.
"The young man's got a great spirit, great drive. He's strong," Tew said.
Donnie Kingston is currently listed in fair condition. But 41-year old Tom Smith, the propane gas delivery driver, is still left fighting for his life at Tampa General. He's currently listed in critical condition.