Nate Gould, left, talks about the challenges he faces, along with good friend Jordan Worden, after a house they were working on in Kremmling exploded. The two spent several weeks in the hospital being treated for severe burns and will face medical expenses and a long recovery. A benefit for the men, which includes a silent auction and live music, starts at 5 p.m. today at Sweetwater Grill.

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Nate Gould, left, talks about the challenges he faces, along with good friend Jordan Worden, after a house they were working on in Kremmling exploded. The two spent several weeks in the hospital being treated for severe burns and will face medical expenses and a long recovery. A benefit for the men, which includes a silent auction and live music, starts at 5 p.m. today at Sweetwater Grill.

Benefit for burn victims today at Steamboat's Sweetwater Grill

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Time has helped heal some of the burns on Jordan Worden's arm, but the scares and discoloration are constant reminders of the injuries suffered in a Kremmling house explosion in August are far from gone. Worden, and his good friend Nate Gould, still face recovery time and medical expenses after the explosion that leveled the house where they were working.

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Jordan Worden talks about the challenges he faces along with good friend Nate Gould after a house they were working on in Kremmling exploded. The two spent several weeks in the hospital being treated for severe burns and will face medical expenses and a long recovery.

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What: Fundraiser for Nate Gould and Jordan Worden to help pay medical costs resulting from burns suffered in an Aug. 24 house explosion in Kremmling

When: 5 p.m. today

Where: Sweetwater Grill, 811 Yampa Ave.

Cost: Donation of $10 to $20 requested at the door. Donors receive drink tickets.

Auctions: Event includes a silent auction with items from local businesses, live music and more. A live auction will be held for dates with residents Lindy Barrett and Jay Ginther.

How to help: An account for the two men has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank. Contributions can be made in the name of Nate Gould or Jordan Worden.

— Friends of two local men who suffered serious burns in a Kremmling house explosion are hosting a fundraiser tonight at Sweetwater Grill to help with medical expenses that could top $200,000.

Nate Gould and Jordan Wor­den, both 23, were badly burned when fumes from primer they were using in the crawl space of a downtown Kremmling home ignited and caused an explosion at about 3 p.m. Aug. 24. Gould and Worden were taken to Kremmling Memorial Hospital and then flown to University Hospital in Denver.

The men were performing mold remediation on behalf of Steamboat Springs-based Dry Masters Restoration.

Both men received temporary skin grafts that are called xenografts and use pig skin.

Gould suffered significant burns on his forearms and the backs of his legs. Worden suffered third-degree burns on his forearms and serious burns on his hands.

Both have weeks, if not months, before full recovery. Wor­­den said doctors have told him not to expose his hands or forearms to direct sunlight for as long as a year.

Last week in the apartment they share off Après Ski Way, Worden and Gould showed off forearms that looked significantly better than the red, raw skin visible in photos from the hospital days after the explosion.

“The doctor was really, really surprised at how well we healed,” Worden said. “I was surprised, as well.”

Worden is far from being able to return to work. He said he can’t grip heavy tools and plans to return home to New York for a couple of months, “to fatten up and live rent-free.” Worden said he’s lost about 20 pounds since the explosion.

Last week, Gould had heavy bandages around his legs, just below the knees. He said that the skin there is sensitive to the touch and that doctors have said it’ll be about six weeks before those burns are fully healed.

The men were employees of Steamboat Flood Suckers and working independently for Dry Masters at the time of the explosion.

Denver lawyer Marc Levy confirmed Wednesday that he was investigating the incident and would represent the men in possible litigation. Calls to Dry Masters have not been returned in the weeks since the explosion.

An official at the Denver office of the federal Occupa­tional Safety and Health Ad­­min­­­istration said OSHA has issued Dry Masters 13 citations related to the incident. A Freedom of Information Act request is necessary to obtain the citations, and they were not available Wednesday.

It’s been an eventful month for Worden. Police arrested Steam­­­boat resident Stephan Har­­ring­­ton, 42, on suspicion of second-degree assault after he reportedly hit Worden with a bar glass in Ghost Ranch Saloon early Friday. Ghost Ranch Saloon co-owner Amy Garris said Friday that it was not clear how or why the fight started.

Worden received 25 stitches to his head at Yampa Valley Medical Center, according to the arrest affidavit.

Tonight’s event is not related to that incident.

Neither Gould nor Worden has medical insurance. Gould said medical costs related to the Kremmling explosion likely would total more than $100,000 for each man. Both were in intensive care for five days follwing a helicopter ride to University Hospital that Gould said cost about $40,000.

Tonight’s fundraiser is an effort to ease those costs. Flood Suckers principal Jon Sanders, also of Ski Town Commercial Real Estate, said the event at Sweetwater Grill would include a silent auction with items from local businesses, restaurant gift certificates and more.

The event also features music and a live date auction with Steamboat Residents Lindy Bar­rett and Jay Ginther. Sanders said donations of $10 to $20 would be requested at the door.

An account for the two men has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank. Contributions can be made in the name of Jordan Wor­­den or Nate Gould.

Comments

dave pieknik 4 years, 3 months ago

That is a bummer to see that three more people in Routt County lost their jobs. I wish you all a speedy recovery mentally, physically, and financially. Do have one question though... What were you doing at the bar if you are attempting to save money? Good luck.

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Lee Cox 4 years, 3 months ago

If these two were working for someone at the time of the accident, shouldn't the employer pay the medical bills?

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Jon Sanders 4 years, 3 months ago

The Ghost Ranch was our location to meet and plan the benefit.

In order to receive workers comp, what does your employer need?

Hope to see everyone TONIGHT from 5pm till the goods are gone.

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hereandthere 4 years, 3 months ago

Jon, best wishes. To recieve workers comp your employer needs insurance. Legally was required to have it in fact. If they did not have insurance, you should be talking to a lawyer about a law suit. Word on the street is that this guy has skipped town, true?

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ftpheide 4 years, 3 months ago

The article stated they were employed by Steamboat Flood Suckers (cute) and working independently for Dry Masters. Isn't working independently the same as sub contracting? They should have had their own insurance. They really need this benefit!

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hereandthere 4 years, 3 months ago

My info is that these two were hourly employees of Rob, who has apparently gone into hiding. Again, probably should be talking to a lawyer. Perhaps pro bono? This type of individual (dirt bag) needs to be held accountable, for all our sake.

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ftpheide 4 years, 3 months ago

Hopefully this benefit will be profitable. Is there anyway this Rob fellow is guilty of breaking the law? If law enforcement could track him down -it would be alot easier for an attorney to deal with him. He sounds like a peach of a person!

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1999 4 years, 3 months ago

well though i am quite sympathetic to the young men...people need to realise who they are working for. It's certainly not the first time some one has been bilked of workers comp because the employer has none.

i hope these guys were not working "under the table" that would be a tough cause to prove

best of luck at the benfit!!!.

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ljcolorado 4 years, 3 months ago

We can only imagine how Rob the owner feels especially if he isn't in this forum to defend himself. We haven't spoken to him directly or know the specific circumstances but having said that we know Rob is a good person and not a dirt bag.

Just felt it should go on record that the owner of that company isn't a bad guy. Horrible what happened and definately sad circumstances. Thank God no one was more seriously hurt, even though it was definately serious. Good luck with your benefit and future health.

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