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Fundraiser Created for Injured City of Tulsa Employee

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A fundraiser account has been opened to assist a City of Tulsa employee who was burned during a gas line fire Thursday afternoon.

According to a news release sent by the local chapter of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, an account was opened to assist a member who sustained severe burn injuries after a gas line ignited during a routine excavation.

The City of Tulsa employee's name is not being released at this time.

The fire erupted around noon at the River Chase apartment complex on 7700 S. Wheeling, between Riverside and Lewis. Crews were able to douse the flames just before 1 p.m.

The injured worker received burns to his upper torso, head and hands. 

Michael Rider, the union's president said in the statement, "If it had not been for the quick thinking and heroic actions of [The Victim]'s coworkers, this incident could have easily been fatal."

The incident is under investigation however a preliminary report indicates that the gas line, which was punctured, had not been marked. According to the release, the City of Tulsa is not responsible for marking underground lines. A private contractor is responsible for marking gas lines. 

Due to the severity of the incident and the injuries sustained, AFSCME Local 1180 is working with Bank of Oklahoma to set up a fund for those wishing to contribute to the affected employees. Details will be announced as soon as the process is complete.

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