A LifeNet medical helicopter lands in the parking lot of Christ Community Church, 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive in Zion, to transport a seriously injured burn victim Tuesday afternoon. | Photo Submitted to Lake and McHenry County Scanner

A man was flown to the hospital with serious injuries after he was burned by hot radiator fluid from a car in Zion Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.

The Zion Fire and Rescue Department responded around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday to the area of 21st Street and Gabriel Avenue for a report of a burn victim.

Zion Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Rocco Campanella said paramedics arrived to find an adult male burned by radiator fluid from a car, which was being worked on.

A radiator cap was pulled off while the anti-freeze was still hot and the man suffered burns to the face.

Campanella said people need to be aware of the dangers of taking radiator caps off while the radiator fluid is still hot. “I’ve seen it quite a few times and it’s very dangerous.”

A LifeNet medical helicopter was called and landed nearby in the parking lot of Christ Community Church, 2500 Dowie Memorial Drive.

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The man’s injuries were described as serious but non-life-threatening, Campanella said.

The medical helicopter flew him to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.

Campanella said the department usually always calls for a medical helicopter when it comes to burn victims because it is important they are transported to a burn center for the best possible care.