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UPDATE: Burt's Reliable President in Critical Condition After Fuel Fire

John Romanelli is hospitalized after early morning fire at Burt's Reliable in Southold.

John Romanelli, president of heating and cooling fuel company, was injured in a fuel fire at 7:16 a.m. Friday morning at the grounds of Burt's Reliable in Southold, reported Friday afternoon.

Romanelli, 47, of Southold was airlifted to Stony Brook Medical Center by Suffolk County Police medivac after a fuel hose from a bio-diesel fuel truck ruptured and sprayed a heat source that Romanelli was using, police said. Romanelli suffered burns to his body, police said.

Bob Ghosio, who works at Burt's Reliable but was not there at the time of the accident, said that Romanelli is currently in critical condition, but he did not yet know much about what happened or how it happened.

"All I know is that it was a freak accident, and that if it weren't for the quick thinking of the guys working around here and the professionalism of the it could have been worse," he said.

Ghosio said that there was no structural damage to any buildings on the grounds of Burt's Reliable from the fire.

forward thinking December 30, 2011 at 09:16 PM
MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO A FINE GENTLEMAN AND HIS FAMILY. WE ALL PRAY FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY.
Charles Montalbano December 31, 2011 at 12:32 PM
OUR PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. HANG IN THERE JOHN YOUR TOUGH AND YOU CAN DO IT. CHARLIE
GP Lane December 31, 2011 at 01:33 PM
John Romanelli is a wonderful man. My prayers are with him and his family.
b December 31, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Any update on how he is?
Cathy Heller December 31, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Praying God's healing hands are upon you.
Celia Marszal Iannelli December 31, 2011 at 02:36 PM
Terrible for this to happen to anyone; however, John has been a kind and considerate businessman to his neighbors and customers...and this kind of business is a dying breed....Best wishes for a speedy recovery!!!
M Beninati December 31, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Our prayers for your speedy recovery! Marie & Lee
Marguerite Schondebare December 31, 2011 at 03:37 PM
John and his family have our prayers. He is indeed a good man who has shown such generosity to everyone in need in any way. Thanks to the Fire Dept and all the capable and caring people out there. Jay and Marguerite Schondebare
Neboysha R Brashich December 31, 2011 at 04:09 PM
We are praying for you and wishing for a speedy recovery. Neb & Prue Brashich
John Carway December 31, 2011 at 06:20 PM
John, You are in our prayers for a speedy recovery John and Jackie Carway
Roberta Hering December 31, 2011 at 06:43 PM
My prayers are with you and family. Roberta Hering
DianeW December 31, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Our prayers are with you. Phil and Diane Walters
john llewellyn December 31, 2011 at 08:16 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with john and his family. John and laura llewellyn.
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 31, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Conrad Dabrowski Jr. said on Facebook: "I pray to God that he is completly healed with a full recovery and relief from pain n Jesus Name."
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 31, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Laurie Jean DiBartolo said on Facebook: "I was wondering where it was - I heard all the sirens! Hope he recovers well."
Erin Schultz (Editor) December 31, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Sharon Reilly Schmidt said on Facebook: "Very sad....prayers for him and his family!"
Mary December 31, 2011 at 09:34 PM
To the Romanelli Family, We are lifting you all up in prayer during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you!!!! Our God is Mighty and can do all things!!!! The VonEiff Family (Southold)
Joanna Lane December 31, 2011 at 09:44 PM
We're very sorry to hear this news. Our thoughts and prayers are with John and all the Romanelli family for his speedy recovery. Joanna and Dennis
irene allison January 01, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Loda, Pat and family, We are thinking about all of you and praying for John. We were devastated to hear of this tragedy; we are here for you if you need anything, at any time. Loda, please call me if you want to talk. With our love and concern, Ann, Paul and Irene
Janelle Ratsey January 01, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Our prayers are with you John and your family! You are a good community person and we hope you feel the community coming together for you!
vrweile January 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for you John, and your family. Courage to the Romanelli family during this difficult time. regi weile
John D'Angelo January 01, 2012 at 05:09 PM
John is a good man and he and his family are in our prayers. We are praying that he fully recovers from this terrible accident.
steven calise January 01, 2012 at 05:36 PM
To the entire Romanelli family We will have you all in our thought andprayers to get through this difficult time

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