It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: running to the sounds of an explosion, knowing their child is nearby.
Today in Lakeland, dozens of volunteers soaked up and sprayed down cars to help raise money for Heather Tyer.
“She’s strong, she’s gonna be just fine,” Heather’s aunt Amanda Tyler told 10 News.
Less than a week ago her niece suffered burns over 70 percent of her body after the small gasoline tank she was standing next to exploded. She and her family were having a pit fire at her home. The gas was used to light the logs.
“Burn patients are so difficult from one minute to the next. you know, they can seem fine, and then things can go terribly wrong very quickly,” said Polk County Fire Lieutenant Charles Irving.
Polk County girl had over 71 percent of her body burned
He was first on the scene, even rushing back to pick up Heather’s mother Amy to get her on the emergency helicopter flight to Tampa General.
Janice Anderson said she saw that helicopter heading to help.
“Knowing the love that you have with your child, it’s more than any love,” she said.
And when Anderson saw how many volunteers came out today, “it just gives me goosebumps,” she said.
And rightly so. In less than a week, friends, family and complete strangers raised more than $30,000 dollars to get Heather back and get her better.
But a warning from Lt. Irving, “gasoline is obviously not one of the better fuels to use. It flashes,” he said. “There has to be water on the site at all times, and someone attending to the fire at all times. And if we do that, tragedies like this can be avoided.