Victim who helped co-workers dies

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One of the burn victims of last week's explosion at Imperial Sugar Co. died Thursday.

Michael Kelly Fields, 40, died at 2:14 a.m. at Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, a spokeswoman said.

Family members and others in the center's waiting area said Mr. Fields was injured after he re-entered the burning refinery to help co-workers trapped inside, said center spokeswoman Beth Frits.

Mr. Fields worked as a forklift operator for a contractor hired by the sugar company, according to his brother-in-law, Glenn Burnsed.

Fourteen patients from the explosion remain in critical condition, and two are in serious condition, according to a hospital statement.

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