CHICAGO — Two men were injured, one critically, after an automobile's gas tank caught on fire in Morgan Park Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
The fire ignited about 2:15 p.m. in the 10000 block of South Drew Street while the automobile was being worked on, fire officials said.
A 46-year-old man had third-degree burns to 60 percent of his body, including his upper chest and face. The man also had a "compromised airway" and was in critical condition, officials said.
Neighbors said the man was well-known in the neighborhood and had fixed half the cars on the block during the last 20 years.
"It would be a loss to everyone [if he died], he helps in a thousand different ways" said the man's friend, Ron Goodwin.
Goodwin, 51, wasn't home when the fire ignited but was told by another neighbor via text message.
"[He] is the man," Goodwin said of his friend, who was known to fix vehicles on the block for less than half the actual cost.
"We'd trade off; he'd fix my car and I'd fix his roof. If you didn't have money you'd just work something out with him."
A 56-year-old man had third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body, including his chest, face and arms. He was in stable condition, officials said.