Family of man injured in explosion ‘overwhelmed’ by support


MANSFIELD, Mass. (WPRI) — The family of a man who was seriously injured in an explosion at a Mansfield gas station last week said they’ve been “overwhelmed” by the outpouring of support they’ve received.

Authorities say Ronnie Stanovitch, 64, suffered life-threatening burns after an explosion at Cannan Fuels and Auto Repair at the corner of Hope and Pratt Streets on Wednesday afternoon. Stanovitch was flown by a MedFlight helicopter to a Boston hospital.

Christopher Metrano, an employee at the gas station, told Eyewitness News that Stanovitch was welding a 55-gallon drum that contained alcohol-based windshield fluid when it ignited.

While the news has been devastating, Stanovitch’s nephew said the outpouring of support for his family as his uncle continues to fight for his life has been overwhelming.

“It’s unbelievable. It brings a tear to your eye,” his nephew said. “It’s unreal how people come together financially and just in their prayers.”

“He’s my life. I’ve been with the man for 20 something years,” Ronnie’s wife Debbie Stanovitch said.

A message thanking everyone for their support was posted on the GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the Stanovitch family.

Stanovitch is set to undergo surgery Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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