Robert Spivak attempted to save Victor Caratello from an impending explosion, Yorktown Heights, New York, September 8, 1981. Caratello was called to reactivate a propane line in a restaurant kitchen. When a leak developed in the line, Spivak, 49, restaurant manager, evacuated the restaurant of its employees and customers. Noting that Caratello was not among them, Spivak re-entered the building to alert him. Just after Spivak entered the kitchen, the escaping propane exploded, blowing the roof off the kitchen and sending glass and bricks flying. Though stunned, Spivak walked from the restaurant before collapsing. He required hospitalization for burns and injuries he sustained.
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