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'All of a sudden it exploded'; Baraboo Firefighter severely burned in freak accident

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Baraboo firefighter badly burned in freak accident

Justin Boak said he was working on his car when the shop-vac exploded in his face leaving him severely burned. 

BARABOO (WKOW) — A Baraboo firefighter is recovering following a freak accident. 

Justin Boak said he was working on his truck when the wet dry vacuum exploded in his face. He was severely burned all over his body.

Boak was transferred from Baraboo to the UW Madison Hospital burn unit. 

Baraboo firefighter hurt while working on his truck

Boak said he will need to undergo skin graft surgeries 

"I was standing there vacuuming around it and all of a sudden it exploded," he said.

Boak is used to fighting fires, but he said being on the other end of it was the scariest moment of his life.

Baraboo firefighter recovering following a freak accident.

Boak told 27 News it was the scariest moment of his life

He told 27 News, all he remembers was a flame in his face and worrying the truck was going to explode. His friend put out the fire and rushed Boak to the hospital.

He's home recovering but now faces medical bills, a long healing process and skin graft surgeries. 

"They said I got second degree burns on my face, the burn on my knee is third degree and my arms were first and second degree," Boak explained. 

GoFundMe for Baraboo burn victim

Justin Boak was severely burned in a freak accident when a shop-vac exploded

It will be awhile before Boak can return to fighting fires. In the meantime, his family has set up a GoFundMe to help him get back on his feet.

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