Douglas G. Farnsworth attempted to save an indeterminate number of persons from an impending explosion, Moab, Utah, July 31, 1981. When a pressurized line ruptured at a propane storage facility, a cloud of propane formed and moved into an adjacent campground. Aware of the potential danger of an explosion, Farnsworth, 49, gas company terminal manager, ran through the cloud to the main valve regulating the flow of propane. As Farnsworth closed the valve, the cloud ignited, severely burning Farnsworth and nine campers. Many other campers escaped unharmed. Farnsworth and four of the burned campers recovered after lengthy hospitalization and treatment. Five of the campers died.
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