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S.L. COUNTY MAN HURT AS GAS FUMES IGNITE

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A Salt Lake County man was in serious but stable condition Wednesday with burns he received while filling up canisters of gasoline.

Russ Taylor, 33, was in the back of his pickup truck Tuesday apparently filling two five-gallon containers with gasoline when vapors from the gas somehow ignited, said West Valley Fire Capt. Fred Dumas."After they ignited, he attempted to throw the cans out of the truck and got some gas on himself," he said. Taylor was later taken to the University of Utah Medical Center with "partial thickness burns" over 30 percent of his body.

Dumas said three witnesses prevented the victim from suffering worse injuries. Three employees who work for L&N Uniform Supply Co., Ted Christensen, Harry Crane and an unidentified man, also were getting gas at Holiday Oil, 2728 W. 3100 South, when the accident occurred about 9:45 a.m.

"They grabbed one of their company's throw rugs and threw it over the gentleman," extinguishing the flames, Dumas said. A quick-thinking employee at the convenience store turned off the power to the gas tanks and grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the vehicle fire.

No other injuries were reported. Investigators were still trying Tuesday to determine what ignited the vapors.