Jay Leno Revealed that a Fuel Line Explosion Caught His Face on Fire Last Month!
- Jay Leno revealed a terrible accident he had to face last month due to a car garage explosion.
- The TV host and his friend were working at his garage when the unfortunate incident took place.
- Leno then was immediately taken to the Gossman Burn Center where he had to spend 10 days.
Jay Leno almost lost his face due to a car garage explosion
Jay Leno finally opens up about how a clogged fuel line explosion at his garage led to his face catching fire. The accident happened last month at his home in California.
The former Tonight Show host and his pal Dave Killackey were working together on a 1907 White Steam Car when the fire broke out.
In an interview during NBC News Today show interview, the 72-year-old explained:
“The fuel line was clogged, so I was underneath it,”
“And I said, ‘Blow some air through the line.’ And suddenly, boom, I got a face full of gas.”
Letto remembered the pilot light jumping, after which his face caught on fire.
The avid car collector said that despite having his face on fire, he kept calm and called his friend for help, who then acted quickly.
“And then Dave, my friend, pulled me out and jumped on top of me and kind of smothered the fire,”
Thanks to Dave, Jay was immediately taken to the Grossman Burn Center and had to be there for 10 days where he was treated for third-degree burns to his face, chest, and hands.
There the Jay Leno’s Garage host underwent two grafting procedures to remove unhealthy tissues and promote healing as well as numerous hyperbaric chamber sessions to reduce swelling, increase blood flow and kill bacteria.
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Leno refuses to give up despite facing third-degree burns
Despite the horrific incident, Leo has been very upbeat and positive throughout his recovery journey.
Immediately after the accident, the comedian told a publication,
“I got some serious burns from a gasoline fire. I am OK. Just need a week or two to get back on my feet,”
On the day of his discharge, Leno drove on his four-wheel and drove back to the scene where the terrible explosion had taken place.
“[I’m] hanging in there. Everything’s fine,”
Less than a week after coming home, the performer was back on stage at The Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, California. There he performed for hundreds of fans.
In an essay published in the Wall Street Journal, he even joked about his brand-new face being better than his previous one.
In the essay, the comedian even said that despite sustaining third-degree burns, he refuses to stress out over it.
“Really, it was an accident, that’s all,”
“Anybody who works with their hands on a regular basis is going to have an accident at some point. If you play football, you get a concussion or a broken leg. Anything you do, there’s a risk factor.
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