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Fairfield University student severely burned in car fire



A Connecticut man was severely injured last week when his Chevy Tahoe exploded on a suburban street and flames engulfed him in the wreckage.

Justin Hervey, 23, a student at nearby Fairfield College, remained in critical condition Monday at Bridgeport Hospital. Police continue to investigate the unusual explosion, which occurred Thursday.

Hervey stumbled from the vehicle and coaches from a nearby Little League game came to his rescue. They tried to get Hervey to stop, drop and roll and tried to douse the flames with anything they could find – even a can of Pepsi. The Pleasantville (Conn.) Patch reported that Hervey told witnesses he was having car trouble before the explosion.

Investigators told the news outlet Monday that they have confirmed the fire started inside the passenger compartment of the Tahoe and ruled out an engine fire.

"The investigation is going to take us one of three places," Fairfield police Lt. James Perez told NBC News. "It's either going to take us to the accident bracket, on-purpose bracket or mechanical failure."


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      oklahomobear
      • 2 Years Ago
      You fools!, Can anyone say shake and bake gone bad?
      oklahomobear
      • 2 Years Ago
      Otherwise known as a meth lab! Hello!
      ozarkherp
      • 2 Years Ago
      A rolling meth lab would be my guess...unfortunately.
      veasystreet
      • 2 Years Ago
      You sure it wasn't a Toyota?
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow! that sucks my heart goes out to him...with flames that intense who can possibly think about dropping and rolling..it sucks cause most of us will never know how it feels to be on fire. i hope he survives god bless him.
      William
      • 2 Years Ago
      Must have been a Obama model.
      William
      • 2 Years Ago
      Must have been a Obama model.
      Dude
      • 2 Years Ago
      Friend of mine set his shirtsleeve on fire at a barbecue. He went running down the street screaming and yelling. The cops arrested him for waving an illegal fire arm.
        Lita
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dude
        I worked in a burn center for a few years. I doubt if any of the patients for whom I cared would find your little joke amusing, "Dude." Then again, someone who goes by Dude? How sharp can he be?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dude
        That was BAD, but I did LOL. I really feel for the kid no matter what caused the fire.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dude
        good joke
      usci1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Unbiased investigation is vital.
      abskin1956
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or Lithum batterys
        • 2 Years Ago
        @abskin1956
        Could lithium batteries cause someone to be totally engulfed in fire, like he was (a fireball)?
      sugarcreekchile
      • 2 Years Ago
      Curious that the fire started in the passenger compartment. I'm at a loss to come up with something in the passenger compartment that could cause such a huge, quick fire that would immediately engulf the driver in flames. Outside the passenger compartment, one can come up with a variety of reasons for such a fire. But with it being inside the compartment, it sounds like he was transporting something that was dangerous and highly flammable.
        Sharon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sugarcreekchile
        Yes, that is my first instinct, that there had to be an accelerant of some kind in the passenger compartment. My next question is was he trying to harm himself or was this a mobile meth lab?
      mdog002
      • 2 Years Ago
      Axelrod and Emanuel found out the kid was supporting Mitt in November
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