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Man burned in Wilson house fire drives himself to hospital

Posted December 2, 2013

— A Wilson man drove himself to a local hospital Sunday after suffering extensive burns in a house fire, authorities said Monday.

Steve Coley, 54, escaped the fire at 4719 Wiggins Mill Road and drove to Wilson Medical Center. He was airlifted to the North Carolina Jaycees Burn Center at UNC Hospitals with burns over 90 percent of his body, authorities said.

Coley was listed in critical condition Monday.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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  • anon022 Dec 6, 2013

    whaaaat, could you be any more insensitvie? Like whatever02 said, I'm sure all his belongings were burned too. If he's like most people, his phone was near him and if he was 90% burned, his phone was too. And he didn't live far at all from the hospital.
    Yes, Obamacare for one and all, that definitely was superhero status. Unfortunately, he passed away earlier this week. My thoughts are prayers are with his family and friends.

  • misty123 Dec 5, 2013

    Amazing he had the strength to drive himself to the hospital. Unfortunately, he passed away Monday evening. So sad.

  • whatever02 Dec 3, 2013

    Really? didn't have health insurance and couldn't afford the bill? Did you read the story? I would think he probably drove himself to the hospital because his phone and cell phone were burned just like he was so he couldn't call 911 for an ambulance or maybe he was thinking straight enough to know he lived 10 minutes from the hospital so he could get there faster than the ambulance could get to him and get him there. It's amazing that he could drive in the shape he was in. They found his beloved dog's body yesterday and they took him off life support this morning so please show some respect as the family is struggling. My thoughts and prayers are with all of them.

  • Obamacare for one and all Dec 3, 2013

    This man must be some kind of superhero.

  • whaaaat Dec 3, 2013

    I'm guessing he didn't have medical insurance and couldn't afford the bill.

  • sunshine1040 Dec 2, 2013

    Must still have been in shock and not realized how bad his injuries were. Praying for him

  • scubagirl2 Dec 2, 2013

    man o man....that took some doing I'd guess. Wonder why he did that? Hopefully he will recover quickly, that's a large area for sure.

  • kellypsnll Dec 2, 2013

    That poor man is going to need a miracle from God to survive this. Not only because of the pain but the high risk of infection. Hopefully if his will to live is strong, he will get through this but it is a very long road to recovery.

  • Obamacare for one and all Dec 2, 2013

    Wow, that is impressive.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Dec 2, 2013

    How horrific! I can only imagine that burning would have to be one of the worst things to ever endure. May God lay a healing hand on this man, and remove his pain.