KINCARDINE, Ontario - Derrick Comstock, a Cornwall native, was injured rescuing his son from a fire at their Kincardine home on Friday, Feb. 3.
The fire occurred that afternoon and Derrick got him and his son out of the building that was eventually destroyed by the fire.
A friend drove them to the local hospital. Derrick's son, Logan, was released a short time later after being treated for smoke inhilation, but Derrick was sent to a hospital in Hamilton.
From Feb.3 until Feb. 16 Derrick was in a coma suffering from third degree burns over large parts of his body particularly his arms and legs.
As stated, Derrick Comstock is from Cornwall, but moved to the Kincardine area for work a few months ago.
He still has many family and friends in the area and they have started a GoFundMe page to raise money during his hospital stay to support his family.
As of the time of writing this article, the GoFundMe page has raised $2, 510 of its $5, 000 goal. A link to the GoFundMe page can be found here.
"He will be in the hospital months and will be undergoing multiple surgeries," the GoFundMe page reads. "He has made it through his first surgery very well. He has burns on his body from his head to his toe, this will be a long recovery for him. Our mother needs fund's to allow her to stay at a hospital in Hamilton with him for the next few months. Please give up your hearts any amount will do amazing things for our family right now. Even if you can only give prayers or sent love our way to help us get through this very difficult time."
His family have said that they have received a lot of support in the Cornwall area and are planning an online silent auction to raise further funds while Derrick recovers.
The auction will be on Facebook and should begin in a few days.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.