Man Suffers Severe Burns in Oxygen Tank Explosion

Fire officials ID cause as smoking near medical oxygen tank

A Derry, New Hampshire, man suffered severe burns to the face Friday after authorities say smoking near a medical oxygen tank ignited a fire.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital then airlifted to a Boston medical facility, according to Derry Fire officials.

The fire, on Island Pond Road, was extinguished by a family member of the man. Firefighters ventilated the building.

Salem Fire Department assisted at the scene.

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