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Joe Dubak (right) and his wife Chris are establishing a "new normal" following Joe's work place accident that almost took his life. Joe hopes his story helps others think twice about fire safety.

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A ball of fire forever altered Joe Dubak's life two years ago.

On Dec. 29, 2006, Dubak was working to dismantle an abandoned car at his place of employment north of New Richmond. He was unaware that a gas tank with gallons of fuel was inches away from his blow torch.


When he flame of his salvage tool hit the fuel line, a giant explosion resulted. Dubak was engulfed in flames.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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