Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Roger Dail said the deputy fire chief of the Sandy Bottom Volunteer Fire Department, Timmy Mooring, suffered serious burns during an accident Tuesday afternoon.
Thursday, it was reported he is stable condition.
Dail said Mooring was at a hunting camp near the fire station burning leaves in a barrel when he put something on the fire that he thought was one thing and turned out to be a fire accelerant. Dail said Mooring was burned from the chest up.
Dail said the victim drove himself to the fire department to get help and was airlifted to the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill.
This is the second time Mooring has been severely burned.
The Kinston Professional Firefighters Association web page says Mooring was seriously burned in an accident at his home back in August of 2008 when he was a firefighter with the city of Kinston.
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