The roofing industry is responding to calls to help the recovery effort of a roofing contractor who was badly injured in a devastating explosion on a job site last week in California.
Hugo Medina was severely burned when a large tank of tar burst into flames and ignited gas from several other propane tanks nearby on a jobsite in Santa Fe Springs, on May 2. He and a co-worker were on the same platform as the tanks when the explosion occurred. Both were hospitalized and listed in critical condition at time of publication.
Medina’s employer, AAA Roofing by Gene Inc., established a GoFundMe.com page to raise money for he and his family during his recovery, and to coordinate the outpouring of support from people inside and outside the roofing industry looking to help.
“Many people have been reaching out to the company searching for ways to help Hugo’s family,” company officials said in an email circulated around the industry late last week. “No donation is too small so any contribution you can offer will be greatly appreciated.”
Roughly 60 people contributed more than $11,300 as of May 16.
The investigation into what caused the explosion is ongoing. First responders at the scene indicated the blast threw the two roofers about 15 from the platform, according to published reports. The tank contained roughly 4,000 gallons of tar that was warming to 500 degrees for application.