Campsite Grass Fire Severely Burns Homeless Man

By: ralphbarrera

Jan 23 2009


Category: Photojournalism


Focal Length:22mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

 Emergency personnel rescue a homeless man who suffered severe burns over 90% of his body in a camping accident in the east Austin area north of E. Riverside Drive Friday morning. Some neighbors said the man lived in the grassy thorny fields behind residential streets in the Montopolis neighborhood off of Vargas. He was flow directly to the burn unit at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio by Austin/Travis County Star Flight helicopter. Star Flight personnel tend to the injured man before he is loaded into the helicopter. 


 After the helicopter landed in an open field the man is carted for the flight to San Antonio.


Police mark a shoe belonging to the man after it fell off his body while he was being carted to an ambulance.

photos by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman


2 comments on “Campsite Grass Fire Severely Burns Homeless Man”

  1. that is crazy…Fires are going on everywhere in this city lately…

  2. any follow-up to this story…did the gentleman survive…

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