LENOIR COUNTY -

A deputy chief of a Lenoir County fire department has returned home from the burn center in Chapel Hill.

The North Lenoir Volunteer Fired Department tweeted on Monday that Timmy Mooring has been released from the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center.

Mooring, the deputy chief of Sandy Bottom Fire and Rescue near Kinston, was burning a pile of leaves at a cabin near his home on Dec. 17 when he was injured. Mooring was pouring diesel fuel and gasoline onto the leaf pile, but was seriously burned in the process, said his son.

Mooring drove himself to his fire station to call for help, before being taken to the burn center.

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The deputy chief of a Lenoir County fire department was badly injured while burning a pile of leaves, but is expected to make a full recovery, his family told NewsChannel 12.

"I feel like it's a dream and somebody should poke me and wake me up," the victim's son, Dylan, said.

Timmy Mooring, the deputy chief of Sandy Bottom Fire and Rescue near Kinston, was burning a pile of leaves at a cabin near his home Tuesday afternoon, Dylan said. Mooring was pouring diesel fuel and gasoline onto the leaf pile, but was seriously burned in the process, said Dylan.

"He threw some gas in there, it didn't really do anything, so he poured some more,
and it kind of blew up in his face," Dylan said.

Mooring then drove himself to his fire station to call for help.

Mooring was taken to the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill. Mooring is listed as stable and is expected to make a full recovery.

"I hope he gets well soon..  he's strong, he made me strong, and I know he'll get through it," Dylan said.

Sandy Bottom Fire and Rescue is located at 4640 Highway 55 West, about 8 miles southwest of Kinston.

Mooring was also seriously burned in an accident at his home in 2008, according to the Kinston Professional Fire Fighters Association. He was treated at the burn center in Chapel Hill.