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Farmer wearing boiler suit with brake fluid on it suffers 50% burns in fire

Family's vigil for son after freak fire accident Published 16 Jul 2013 09:00 from:

Man set alight and suffered 50 per cent burns

A BARRHEAD man is in a critical condition after a horror fire accident at a farm. Gordon Connelly was rushed to the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow in the early hours of Monday morning after he went up in flames at a farm on the outskirts of Newton Mearns and Neilston.

All three emergency services attended after it is believed a chemical coating on the clothes being worn by Gordon caught fire. It is understood he had been working with brake fluid the day before and it may have been on his clothes. It is believed the fire was triggered as he made himself something to eat. It is not known if Gordon was working on the farm at the time.

The 22-year-old is described as having 50 per cent burns and is in a serious but stable condition. He underwent a three hour operation on Monday. It is thought Gordon has serious burns, at least third degree, to his leg, arm, body, neck and head. He is in a recovery unit at the hospital with his family by his side.

The former St Luke's High School pupil works at Barrhead's Woodneuk Farm on Hillside Road under a construction company called B&M Contracts, although it is not believed this is where the accident took place. Popular Gordon has two brothers currently serving in the army while he lives with his mother Catherine and father James in Carnock Crescent in the town. A source close to the family said: "It sounds like it is going to be a long road for him but I hope he will make a speedy recovery.

"He's a strong lad and always has been, but this has came as a bit of a shock to people who are just finding out, his family must be worried sick." Police were unavailable for comment as the Barrhead News went to press. It is not known at this stage whether a health and safety investigation will be launched into the accident. Gordon's family declined to comment at this time but confirmed his condition as being "serious but stable". - See more at:


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