A volunteer firefighter is being welcomed residence Wednesday after spending greater than a month in a D.C. hospital for therapy of burns he sustained throughout an enormous home explosion and hearth in Loudoun County, Virginia

A volunteer firefighter was welcomed residence Wednesday after spending greater than a month in a D.C. hospital for therapy of burns he sustained throughout an enormous home explosion and hearth in Loudoun County, Virginia.

That incident at a Sterling residence killed one firefighter and injured 11 others on Feb. 16.

Volunteer firefighter Brian Diamond. (WTOP/Sandra Jones)

Brian Diamond, a volunteer with the Sterling Volunteer Fire Company, is the final firefighter to be launched from the hospital following final month’s explosion, in accordance with the division.

His first cease: the Sterling Fire Station 618 on Middlefield Drive the place he was greeted by members of his crew and different first responders. Well-wishers fashioned a receiving line.

Speaking to reporters, Diamond stated the outpouring of assist was “overwhelming.”

Volunteer Firefighter Brian Diamond was welcomed residence on Wednesday. (WTOP/Sandra Jones)

“When I used to be within the ICU, these had been some instances the place I simply didn’t have any thought what was happening with me. We didn’t know what number of surgical procedures it was going to be and every part like that, and it ended up being 5,” he stated. “The medical doctors had been nice they usually took care of me, and the nurses over there, I can’t even inform you how superior they’re. And it was only a good expertise general for what I needed to undergo.”

Diamond additionally teaches eighth grade English at J. Michael Lunsford Middle School in Loudoun County. He stated he hasn’t but had an opportunity to talk along with his college students.

“But if I needed to say one thing to them: ‘I’m right here. I made it.’ And I’m trying ahead to seeing them quickly,” Diamond instructed reporters.

Firefighters responded to the home within the 300 block of Silver Ridge Drive for a report of a gasoline leak at round 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16. The explosion occurred whereas the firefighters had been inside, in accordance with the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal’s Office.

“There’s no different rationalization that I might’ve gotten out of that complete ordeal apart from God,” Diamond stated. “I used to be down in that basement and I stated a prayer and God received me out of that. And there’s no different manner that I might have escaped that. It was loopy down there and terrifying and … I don’t know. I had moments of readability after saying prayers and enthusiastic about my spouse and my youngsters.”

Investigators stated the blast was the results of a leak in a 500-gallon underground propane tank, which was set off by an unknown ignition supply.

Diamond sustained extreme burns in the course of the incident, in accordance with Thomas Owens, a former chief of the Sterling division.

Sterling house explosion
A house explosion in Sterling, Virginia, killed a volunteer firefighter and injured 10 others on Feb 16. (Courtesy Loudoun Fire Rescue)

After getting some nicely needs Wednesday, the hearth firm gave Diamond an escort again to his home.

Volunteer firefighter Trevor Brown, 45, was killed within the explosion, abandoning his spouse Laura and their three kids. A service was held in his honor earlier this month.

“Trevor … I beloved Trevor. We had simply began bonding collectively as a unit and every part and we a dinner a pair weeks earlier than up right here and his youngsters had been there and our children had been there,” Diamond stated. “It’s actually, actually unlucky. I’m very unhappy about every part that occurred with Trevor. … I actually am going to overlook him, too. Because he’s a terrific man.”

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