A rural Owensville boy is receiving skin grafts on his legs this week after suffering second and third-degree burns during an accident Saturday on the family’s Route Y farm.
Judy Soest said her youngest, Gabriel, a second-grader at Owensville Elementary School, was raking leaves around 12:15 p.m. with an older brother, 11. The family had burned some brush and in a designated “rocked” burning area earlier and planned to burn another pile after lunch. The boys retrieved some lighter fluid from the garage and it apparently spilled on her son’s pants,then ignited as the boys were raking. “His older brother tackled him a couple of times,” Soest said to stop him from running. She and her husband, George, heard the screams and ran from the house and finished extinguishing the flames. He suffered third-degree burns to the upper part of one leg and second and third-degree burns to the lower portion of the other leg. He is expected to be hospitalized another week with another round of skin grafts scheduled later this week. Owensville Area Ambulance District personnel responded to the scene and prepared the boy for an Air Evac Lifeteam flight to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. Owensville firemen also assisted at the scene, as Judy Soest looks on. After his recovery and physical therapy, Gabe is expected to have full range of motion on both legs, his mother said. The youngster told his parents he enjoyed the helicopter ride but was disappointed he could not see much of the landscape.
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