A Langlade County teen is recovery in a Madison hospital after sustaining burns to more than half of his body.
According to a benefit fundraising website detailing the incident, on July 2, Nate Cook negligently handled a highly flammable type of fuel used for an RC race car. The fuel created an explosion critically injuring the teen. The incident happened in Deerbrook near Antigo.
Nate was able to drive to a neighbors' house for help and was airlifted to the UW-Madison burn center.
The organizer of the online fundraiser says most of Nate's medical bills will be covered, however the fundraiser has been set up to assist family with travel expenses as Nate will need to stay in the hospital for at least 60 days.
Nate is now stabilized, however 53 percent of his body is covered in 2nd and 3rd degree burns, a majority of which are on his back, circumferential burns to his arms and torso, some smaller burns on his neck and legs, as well as flash burn to his corneas.
Click here to learn more about Nate's story or to donate online.