A construction worker who suffered severe burns in an explosion in Maryville remained in critical condition Friday in a St. Louis hospital.
John Douglas Behme of Worden, who is an equipment operator for a construction company, has been receiving treatment since April 6 in the burn unit of Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.
Behme was flown to Mercy after suffering burns to 70 percent of his body in the April 6 explosion of a gas line in Maryville.
Behme’s family, in postings on social media, reported that he has undergone one surgery but will need at least a dozen more.
The family also has expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support — prayers, meals, blood donations and other gestures — from friends, family and the general public.
Police officers who were first to arrive on the scene have described seeing smoke coming off Behme as he emerged from the fireball.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the explosion, according to spokesman Scott Allen.
He said the investigation is ongoing, and it may take several months.
“We could be back and forth with the company,” Allen said.