A seriously injured man was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Thursday 8th November after being caught in an RV fire and sustaining serious burns at Island County Fairground in Langley.
Later that afternoon it was announced by a hospital spokesman that he was in a very serious condition and was currently being treated in the intensive care unit.
Ben Wooldridge, the man who suffered the serious burns, woke up in his caravan to find it was on fire at around 1:40 am according to Deputy Chief Jon Beck of South Whidbey Fire/EMS.
He usually works part-time on the Fairgrounds Campgrounds and lives there in his RV, according to Stan Reeves, executive director of the Port of South Whidbey.
Once he realised the RV was on fire he was able to evacuate the vehicle but his cat, named Oreo, was stuck inside.
Campers nearby did all they could to stop Wooldridge from re-entering the RV to rescue his pet, which they did.
“That was a good thing,” he said. “The burns would’ve been much worse if he’d tried to go back then.”
Beck said that by the time firefighters arrived at the scene the vehicle had been fully engulfed by the flames.
A helicopter arrived on the scene to take Wooldridge to Harborview hospital, which has the only level-one trauma and burn center in the state.
3 fire engines and 7 firefighters worked together to put the fire out which took around 45 minutes. Personnel were on the scene for around two hours.
The fire is thought to have been caused by something electrical but is yet to be confirmed, however, it is not being treated as suspicious.
Wooldridge also works at the Useless Bay Country Club.
“Ben is well known and well liked in the South Whidbey community,” Reeves said in an email. “We are deeply saddened by this incident and wish Ben a speedy recovery.”
A GoFundMe page was created to raise money for Wooldridge.