Gas line explosion victim undergoes 3rd surgery; family thanks public for support

PITTSBURGH — A man who was badly burned when a gas line exploded in Salem Township late last month underwent a third surgery Friday.

A relative of James Baker told Channel 11 News that the surgery was the most serious he has faced since the April 29 blast that left him in critical condition, and that Baker has been awake as he continues to recover. %

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Baker was inside a home that was about 500 feet away from the blast. Despite having ankle surgery days earlier, he escaped and ran down Route 819 as the house was destroyed.

He was flown to UPMC Mercy Hospital with burns across his body.

Baker’s family told Channel 11 News that Friday’s surgery went well. They said they want to thank the public for their support so far, and they are asking for continued prayers for him.

A vigil was held for Baker Sunday at the New Alexandria United Methodist Church.