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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 311-96
May 29, 1996

SOLDIER DIES AFTER BURNER EXPLOSION INJURIES

Sgt. 1st Class Curtis D. Wilson, injured on May 7th when a kitchen burner exploded at the Lukavac base camp near Tuzla, Bosnia, died last night.

The incident during which Wilson was injured occurred when several kitchen burners on a stove in the camp's dining facility accidentally exploded, causing the facility to catch fire. The fire was contained by Bosnian and military firefighters from Lukavac and the U.S. military headquarters at Tuzla.

Wilson, a cook, was assigned to the 92nd Military Police Company. Following the incident, he was medically evacuated to Germany and then to Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Wilson was assigned to a medical holding company there and was retired from the Army prior to his death.

Wilson, 35, was from Farnhamville, Iowa.

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