Fort Oglethorpe man burned in meth explosion
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is looking into a drug-related explosion that occurred early Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, in Fort Oglethorpe, which resulted in a man suffering severe chemical and fire burns while cooking meth in a travel trailer.
According to Lt. Steve Blevins with the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, police were notified of the incident after receiving a phone call from Erlanger at Hutcheson, stating that 37-year-old Barry Cook showed up at the Fort Oglethorpe hospital with suspicious-looking burns.
“The incident occurred around 3:15 a.m.,” Blevins said. “The explosion occurred in a travel trailer that was parked in the driveway of the residence, and then the man began banging on the front door of the residence. He woke his family up, and then they attempted to help him.”
Blevins said Cook's parents began cutting his shirt off and trying to remove his clothes, but that he had already suffered second- and third-degree burns to his legs, arms, neck, and face.
Cook went to Erlanger at Hutcheson for initial treatment, but was air-lifted shortly thereafter to a special burn unit in Augusta, Ga., Blevins said.