Worker burned at Berks County factory in critical condition
Updated On: Dec 23 2013 12:32:34 PM CST
A worker who was severely burned at a Berks County factory Saturday afternoon is in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital, officials said.
Robert Geisinger, 47, of Hamburg, was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital's burn unit near Allentown after being caught in a blaze at Wolfe Dye and Bleach Works on Ridge Road in Perry Township.
Officials said a good Samaritan ended up coming to Geisinger's rescue.
Officials say Geisinger was in a building trying to ignite either a torch or propane heater, and that sparked the flames.
The worker was on fire and took off running toward Route 61.
"A passing motorist saw he was on fire, tackled him and threw him into a snowbank," said Kerry DeLong, deputy fire chief of the Shoemakersville Fire Department.
The victim was responsive when medical crews arrived.
On Sunday afternoon, family members told 69 News that Geisinger was in a medically induced coma; they are expecting him to recover,
Family members say they are hoping to locate and thank the Good Samaritan who came to Geisinger's rescue.
Officials say this is the third fire at the plant in the last four months.
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