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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.

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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