Fundraiser Launched For Man Injured In Gillette Oilfield Explosion

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help support the man who was injured in an oilfield explosion in Campbell County on Halloween.

Antonio Soriano, 34, was injured after a pumphouse exploded in an oilfield in Campbell County on the morning of Oct. 31. According to County 17, a pumphouse and two empty 400-barrel oil tanks were burning when emergency personnel arrived on the scene.

According to the fundraising campaign, Soriano was taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital but immediately transferred to Banner Rehabilitation Center in Greeley, Colorado, due to the extent of his burns.

“His wife, and children are devastated,” the GoFundMe description read. “His wife is currently with him but will soon need to commute between Colorado and Gillette to work and care for their children.”

The GoFundMe campaign was launched with the Soriano family in mind, since Antonio’s wife will be the only one providing for the family as he undergoes surgery, treatment and recovery.

As of Monday, the campaign had reached its goal of $5,000, but donations were still encouraged and accepted.

The money raised will be used for traveling expenses and other unforeseen expenses, such as medical insurance co-pays.

According to the Gillette News Record, the Sorianos have three children, ages 16, 13 and 8.

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