Arkansas man speaks out about gas explosion at Burger King

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BEEBE, Ark. (KARK) – “I’m just thankful that I’m alive and the thing that bothers me more than anything…is the damage to Burger King,” Ron Daniel said.

The Ward man shares the scary moments when his truck burst into flames then exploded at a fast food drive-thru in Beebe.

Daniel got out of the hospital Friday night. He says he’s not in a lot of pain, but he’s very uncomfortable and taking medicine.

Daniel says his truck can be replaced and he’s thankful no one else got hurt. He’s upset Burger King sustained damage.

“I got little blisters on different places of my body,” Daniel said.

He has first-degree burns all over his body.

“I got blisters under my eyes that has pus in them,” he added.

The 78-year-old says everything everything went down hill after he made a stop in Beebe Friday.

“I had picked up a bottle of propane and I was going by Burger King and get me a couple of Whoppers,” Daniel said.

Waiting for his flame-grilled burgers in the drive-thru, Daniel started hearing a hissing noise.

“I realized it was the propane tank leaking,” Daniel said.

He tried to check the shut off value.

“And the minute I stuck my hand in and touched it burst into flames,” Daniel said.

A viewer captured video just across the street.

“I just went and sat on the light over there waiting for someone to show up,” Daniel said.

Before Daniel knew it, his truck exploded.

“I looked up and saw debris in the air and I took off running to get out of there,” he said.

Beebe Police and Fire put out the flames.

“I’m just sorry, sorry I caused so much problems,” Daniel said.

Daniel’s red truck was a total loss.

“Yeah, that’s my only means of transportation,” he said.

When it comes to Daniel having his way at Burger King…

“I paid for two Whoppers and I didn’t get them but they sure charged me on my credit card,” Daniel said.

Now he has to wait.

“But I won’t hold Burger King for that,” Daniel said.

He says he’s going to be seeing doctors in the next few days to make sure his burns heal correctly.

His family started a GoFundMe page to help get him a new truck.

If you would like to help, click here.

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Aaron Nolan is a morning show co-host in Little Rock, Arkansas with Nexstar Media Group's KARK-TV. He has a passion for social media and makes it an important part of his daily routine. Click here to read Aaron's full bio.

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