Two assistance funds have been set up through Wells Fargo Bank to help victims of a garage explosion that sent three people to area hospitals Sunday afternoon.
Donations to The Trystin Fund and the Grimaldo/Irwin Garage Catastrophe Donation Fund can be made by simply going to any Wells Fargo branch and mentioning the name of the fund. The Trystin Fund can also by accessed online at gofundme.com/trystin.
The Trystin Fund was established by Trevor Brill, the uncle of Trystin Olive, a 2-year-old that remains in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver.
Trystin’s father Mike Olive was also transported to a Denver hospital after gasoline fumes ignited around 3 p.m. Sunday in a garage on Greenwood Circle where Mike Olive and his friend Daniel Irwin were fixing a fuel pump on a friend’s van.
Irwin, who lives at the home where the explosion occurred, described the escape from the explosion and ensuing fire Monday morning after he was released from a Colorado Springs hospital with burns on his hands.
According to Irwin, gas on the floor of the garage caught fire and spread to Trystin’s clothing. Mike Olive alerted his friend who shoved the toddler under the garage door that was ajar by about 2-feet, Irwin said.
Mike Olive followed his son and friend through the gap after the explosion. The two men and the boy ran to safety and used freshly fallen snow to extinguish the flames on Trystin’s clothing.
According to Trystin’s uncle, the toddler was still in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital on Thursday with second- and third-degree burns on about 15 percent of his body. Hospital spokeswoman Melissa Vizcarra said Trystin’s condition hadn’t changed Thursday morning and he was still in serious condition.
Brill said Trystin would likely undergo surgery sometime this weekend to graft skin to burns on the boy’s face.
“They feel that is the most critical area to work on because it’s the most visible,”
Brill, whose sister Kara Brill is Trystin’s mother, noted that the toddler’s eyesight has not been damaged. The boy also has burns on his hands, arms and legs.
University of Colorado Hospital spokesman Dan Weaver said Mike Olive was still in critical but stable condition Thursday morning.
Trevor Brill said information on Mike Olive’s state was more limited than that of Trystin.
“I know he suffered more burns than Trystin did,” Trevor Brill said. “I heard yesterday that they started to wake him up from his sedation. Of course his main concern is that he wants to see his son, and that is expected.”
Irwin, 30, said on Monday that Mike Olive had to be sedated and strapped to the hospital bed Sunday night as he continually tried to leave the bed to see Trystin.
According to the Colorado Springs Fire Department, Irwin’s home is uninhabitable until repairs can be made to the living area. The garage was gutted by the blaze and left a pile of charred rubble in the front yard.
The Red Cross of the Pikes Peak Region helped Irwin’s family find shelter Sunday night. According to reports, the group has since moved in with family until other accommodations are made.