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NAPLES — The community is turning out to help the one of the three victims injured during Monday’s gas explosion at the Mangrove Café on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples.
Tom Smith, a delivery driver for Balgas Naples, was severely injured by the explosion during a delivery to the Mangrove Café.
“Tom has been a loyal and hardworking employee of Balgas for seven years and is well respected by his coworkers and customers,” wrote Sharon Jacobs, Balgas of Naples district manager.
Smith was transported to the Regional Burn Center at Tampa General Hospital via a medical helicopter. He remained in critical condition as of Friday.
“He is currently in an induced coma and has severe burns covering most of his body,” Jacobs said.
According to Jacobs, Smith lives in Bonita Springs with his family, and is father to three sons and three stepsons.
“Tom is very active in the Boy Scouts with his youngest son and has two older sons in the military,” said Jacobs adding that Smith himself served in the U.S. army for an extended period both in the U.S. and Germany.
To help Smith and his family, Jacobs said a fund has been established and that donations could be made through two venues- Encore National Bank and Balgas of Naples.
Those wanting to donate to the fund through Encore can do so by sending a check to: Encore National Bank, c/o Tom Smith Care Fund, 3003 Tamiami Trail North Suite 100, Naples, FL 34103. Donors can also donate at several local Encore National Bank locations.
In addition, Balgas created the Tom Smith Care Fund and is taking donations. Donors can send checks to Tom Smith Care Fund, c/o Balgas, 3506 Prospect Ave., Naples, FL 34104.
Funds for the other victims are also in the works.