He was using an arc cutter when he was burned
POSTED: 2:32 p.m. HST, Oct 8, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 2:54 a.m. HST, Oct 9, 2013
A 44-year-old man was burned over a quarter of his body in Waianae Tuesday afternoon.
The city Emergency Medical Services Division reported the man was in serious condition with first-degree burns at Apana Road when he was taken to a hospital.
The injury was reported at 12:48 p.m.
Fire Capt. Tyler Chan said the man was at a neighbor's former pig farm using an arc cutter -- a torchlike tool -- to cut something.
Chan said firefighters initially suspected he may have been burned by a flash from a flammable gas since there was no sign of an extensive fire.
A hazardous materials unit was dispatched to search for a leak of flammable gas, but no trace was found, he said.
The cause remains undetermined, Chan said.