Carlton man, injured in explosion a month ago, dies

Posted 25 June 2013 at 12:00 am

Press release, Orleans County Sheriff’s Department

CARLTON – A Carlton man injured in an explosion at his home last month died on Monday, the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department reported.

Wesley R. Baes, 75, died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he had been hospitalized since the May 17 incident.

Baes was operating an acetylene torch in an attempt to patch a hole in a 200-gallon above ground gasoline tank. The tank had been drained, but there were residual vapors that ignited and caused the explosion at his home, 12905 South Hillcrest Drive.

Baes sustained severe burns and was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester by Mercy Flight helicopter.

The original incident was investigated by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and that investigation now shifts to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.