How NOT to remove grease pt. 1
Glenn Johnson, of St. Paul, put gasoline in his machine to clean some greasy clothing. Johnson says he's done this for 25 years to break up grease stains.
He puts detergent, water and a little gasoline together and after what happened this morning, he says he'll never do it again.
"I've done it a hundred times before," Johnson said "This is the first time it ever exploded on me."
Johnson is a mechanic and says it's a trick his father taught him years ago. He was only supposed to use a little bit of gasoline however, he admits he may have overdone it.
The St. Paul Fire Department says after he put the gas in the washing machine, the vapors dispersed through the building. Then they found an ignition source, probably the hot water heater.
Johnson said he saw a ball of fire coming up from the drain and hit him directly on his body. It burnt both of his legs and the force of the blast blew him out of the laundry room.
Dazed, Johnson says he got up and went back into the laundry room to put out the fire, neighbors called 911.
Warnings are printed all around the washing machine about putting flammable materials the machine , he said he had no idea they were there.
Now, Johnson said that is the last time he will do that, and he says he's learned his lesson the hard way.
Johnson works on the transmissions of cars throughout his yard, which neighbors consider to be eyesores and would like removed. They hope the landlord will make some changes.