LaGrange firefighter John Williams is recovering from his sixth surgery at the Augusta burn center.
Photo: City of LaGrange
Photo: City of LaGrange

LaGrange firefighter has sixth surgery after being badly burned on Labor Day

One of the four LaGrange firefighters badly burned in a Labor Day house fire went through his sixth surgery Wednesday, authorities said.

John Williams received burns to more than 35 percent of his body, LaGrange city spokeswoman Katie Van Schoor said in a news release.

In his latest surgery, he received a cultured epidermal autograft, which provided a permanent skin replacement, the release said. He will remain at the Augusta burn center for the next couple of weeks.

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Three other firefighters who suffered severe burns, Jonathan Williamson, Pete Trujillo and Jordan Avera, are recovering at home, the release said. The family living in the home was unharmed.

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GoFundMe has been set up for the firefighters’ medical costs, and it had raised more than $24,000 of its $25,000 goal as of Wednesday afternoon.

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