Family Of Burn Victim From Collapse Speaks

Franque Thompson

OMAHA (KPTM)- One man told his family he thought he would not survive Monday's explosion at International Nutrition. Tuesday he's already recovering and spending time with his family.

20-year-old Erik Ocampo was working at the plant for almost a year before the blast. His family wanted to share his survival story.

"I thought I was going to die there because I, my whole body was burning," said Ocampo's wife, Alison Ocampo, after explaining that those were the first words she heard from her husband while he was recovering at Alegeant Creighton Health Creighton University Medical Center. She continued, "He said he was not going to make it."

Ocampo said her husband was working on the first floor of the plant when the explosion happened.

"They heard kind of like a rumble and then his coworker yell at him 'Erik run! Erik run' and then he only walk a few steps and he felt something that fell on his back. All of a sudden he just told us he felt his whole entire body burning," said Ocampo.

"All the time I was praying for him. I pray, 'God, I want to see my son alive'," said Ocampo's mother, Miriam Ocampo.

"The only thing that he said that he did was pray and ask to get out of the situation that he was going through," said his wife.

Ocampo is currently in stable condition in the burn unit at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. Just one day after the blast, Ocampo's family said his recovery is promising.

"He speaks very well, he's eating pretty well and we're grateful that he's doing pretty well," said Alison.

Ocampo's mother said it was faith that kept the family strong and her son alive. Now their faith is stronger knowing Ocampo should be just fine.

"He's going to be ok. He has some burns, yeah, but he's going to be ok," said Alison.

The family said two uncles were also working at the plant during the explosion. One uncle, Walter Alecio, is recovering from smoke inhalation at Bergan Mercy hospital and the other is at home. Both are also expected to be alright.

The family said the plant did contact them with information about worker's compensation.