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Wife: Health improving for man injured in Windsor oil and gas explosion

Amanda del Castillo

A fire burns Friday night at an active oil and gas site near Colo. 392 and Weld County Road 21, east of Windsor. The fire resulted from an explosion at the site.

The man who sustained serious burns to his hands and face in an oil and gas site explosion near Windsor showed some major progress this week.

Houston Pirtle still has a long road to recovery, but his wife sat down with Denver7 and discussed Pirtle's resilience.

"I'm so thankful that it wasn't worse," Rachel Darrah said through tears, "that I got a phone call from him and not a coroner."

Darrah explained that on the night of Dec. 22, her husband called her from the back of an ambulance. She said there was no trace of worry in his voice.

"He actually called me and told me that he was headed to the burn unit — there was an explosion at his work," she said.

That was the last conversation they shared. He was then admitted into North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley.

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"He's been intubated ever since. So, I haven't been able to talk to him," she said on Wednesday afternoon.

For the last week and-a-half, Darrah has driven from Sterling to Greeley to be with her husband as he recovers.

The couple has two young children, a 1½-year-old and a 3½-year-old. Because of Pirtle's injuries, there is a high risk of infection, and their children have not been able to visit.

For more from Denver7, click here.

To help

A GoFundMe page has been created to help with day-to-day expenses Houston Pertle and his family. Pertle was injured in an explosion Dec. 22 at an oil and gas facility in Windsor. For more, click here.