Former Forest Lake man severely burned in charging station explosion

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BAXTER — A 22-year-old Stacy man was severely burned May 20 when the electric vehicle charging station he was working on exploded at a Holiday Stationstore on Dellwood Drive.

The Baxter Police Department identified the man as Zavier Chevere. Friends and family said Chevere, 22, grew up in Forest Lake and works as a high-voltage technician.

Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said the department responded at 12:01 p.m. to a report of an explosion and fire at the Holiday gas station. Holmes said Chevere was working to install the system when there was an electrical explosion.

Holmes said bystanders extinguished the fire and were caring for the severely burned Chevere when the Baxter Police Department arrived on scene.

The Brainerd Fire Department assisted with patient care and helped the Baxter Police Department establish a landing zone for North Memorial Health Air Care along Golf Course Drive, behind Mills Motor Company.

Assisting at the scene were Crow Wing Power and North Memorial Health Ambulance.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to support Chevere and his family as he recovers.

Chevere, a member of the Army National Guard, “possesses various attributes of strength and courage, and we are all here to support him in his recovery,” according to the GoFundMe post.

As of Friday, the GoFundMe had raised almost $17,000 of its $200,000 goal.

The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating, officials said Tuesday.

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