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Man severely burned after spray paint can explodes

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

An eastern Iowa man is recovering tonight after catching on fire.

The fire, which was supposed to be a controlled trash fire, turned very dangerous when a spray paint can blew up. 

Nativida Maldonado, 24, recently had skin graft surgery to help replace the skin singed on his right arm. The flames burning mostly his face and arms.

"The hissing sound got really loud and was like *shhhhhhh* like a tire popping," described Maldonado, Lone Tree. "I guess the air pressure sent fire toward my face, kind of like a flame thrower."

Maldonado says he initially felt the heat, but didn't know he was on fire.

"I didn't realize I was on fire until I started feeling the pain, so I stopped, dropped and rolled," said Moldonado.

The burn victim is healing from second and third degree burns at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Moldonado's biggest concern were the scars this traumatic accident could leave and what his girlfriend Kaity would think.

"I was really scared at first...scared that she'd look at my face and be like, 'I can't do this,' but I am really glad that she stuck by me," said Moldonado. "If it wasn't for her, I don't know if I would be as strong as I am right now."

It's been a week and Moldonado says he is afraid to sleep because of the nightmares.

"I see myself catching on fire and the whole accident happening all over again and I try to help myself put the flames out, but it doesn't help out at all and in my dream I keep burning," said Moldonado.

Thankfully, Moldonado will recover, but says he will never forget what happened.

"This experience has been very traumatizing...I can't lie the amount of pain I felt was on another level," said Moldonado.

Moldonado says his face should go back to normal besides some little scaring. As for his arms, he says he may need more surgery to repair the burnt skin. Moldonado has created a Gofundme page to help with medical costs. 

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