Denmark man burned in propane tank fire

A Denmark man is in critical condition at the Doctor’s Hospital Burn Unit in Augusta Georgia after receiving third degree burns over 50 percent of his body.

Wayne Gibson of Denmark was severely burned, when fire officials in Summerville say a propane tank delivered to the Raisio Staest Plant on Deming Way in Summerville burst into flames.

The Old Fort Fire Department responded to the fire Saturday evening around 7 pm. Fire officials say a propane delivery to the plant went wrong when one of the tanks flashed and burst into flames burning the deliveryman, (Wayne Gibson) from Denmark.

Officials say Gibson suffered third degree burns to over 50 percent of his body. Gibson was airlifted to Trident Hospital after the accident and is presently listed in critical condition at Doctor’s Hospital Burn Unit, in Augusta.

Gibson is a longtime volunteer with the Denmark Fire Department and at the December 21, 2009 City Council meeting, Denmark Mayor Gerald Wright recommended that Gibson be named assistant fire chief and Charles Breland be named Denmark fire chief. The mayor praised the work of both men in the fire department.

“Charles Breland and Wayne Gibson have been acting as co-chiefs in an interim basis since Johnny Sandifer resigned,” Mayor Wright said. “They willingly accepted that responsibility to work together quite well. And, we want to now make it official to designate them with those titles. They’ve established a procedure for the offices of chief and assistant chief, that is the recommendation for action,” Wright added.

Presently, discussions are centered on sponsoring a blood drive at the Denmark Fire Department and a fundraiser through a local bank. For more information on these events contact the Denmark Fire Department or Chief Charles Breland at 803-793-4900. Officials note that “Wayne needs lots of prayers to recover from this accident.”