RONAN - A Lake County deputy was airlifted to Seattle after incurring severe burns while helping a driver whose vehicle broke down.

Sheriff Don Bell says Deputy Nathan White was helping a driver with their vehicle in the Ronan area on Highway 93 on Aug. 6. The carburetor backfired, spraying fire and gasoline into White's face and hands.

The deputy was flown to Harborview in Seattle to be treated for second- and third-degree burns. 

The sheriff's office says they expect him to be released soon and sent home for recovery.

Story updated with deputy's name and condition at 3:29 PM.

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