Jay Leno suffers burns in gasoline car fire.
Monday (11/14) afternoon Jay Leno was working on his 1907 White Steam car fixing a clogged fuel line. A leak occurred spraying gasoline over Leno's face and hands. Somehow a simultaneous spark triggered a fire, burning Leno severely.
His friend Dave acted quickly in smothering the flames, but Leno suffered third degree burns, mostly on the left side of his face. Leno may require skin grafts to repair the damage. They expect Leno to require ten days in hospital to recover from the injuries.
We first found out that there was a problem when Leno's camp canceled an appearance due to a "serious medical emergency" early Monday afternoon, yet little information was known at the time. An hour later the information was slowly trickled to the press with a statement from Leno at 3:20 PM, "I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am OK. Just need a week or two to get get back on my feet."
Leno is an avid supporter of the automotive community and his collection is considered legendary. We wish him a speedy recovery.