Welding accident victim in critical condition

LUFKIN (KTRE) - A man was transported to a Shreveport hospital after sustaining third degree burns in a Lufkin welding accident Thursday afternoon.

According to Ted Lovett with the Lufkin Fire Department, Jose Ovta was using a cutting torch at Guy's Scrap Metal.  Lovett says the torch had a leak, and there was a butane tank nearby.

A fire quickly developed, and Ovta sustained third degree burns from the waist up.

He was flown LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. As of Friday, Ovta was listed in critical condition.

He is in the hospital's Burn Center.