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More reported injuries in Pelham fireworks accident

Union Leader Correspondent

July 06. 2012 1:07PM
Ben Bertini was injured in a fireworks accident at Dodge Road in Pelham on July 3. He is recovering from his injuries in Shriner's Hospital in Boston. (Courtesy)

PELHAM - Two more injuries were reported in Tuesday evening's Dodge Road fireworks explosion, bringing the total of those hurt to eight adults and five children.

According to police, homeowner Christopher Pappathan, 58, was injured in the blast, along with: Jessica Pappathan, 32, of Derry; Paul Pappathan, 58, of Everett, Mass.; Patrick Foy, 42, of Greenfield; Marcie Foy, 31, of Greenfield; Gary Brunelle, 45, of Londonderry; Daniel Haight, 50, of Pelham; and Jessel Jones, 39, of Islip, N.Y.

The five children hurt are Ben Bertini, 2; Tyler Brunelle, 2; Olivia Foy, 8 months old; and two who were driven to the hospital by their parents but whose names were not available.

The incident occurred during an annual Independence Day celebration held by Christopher and Jeanne Pappathan at their home, at 40 Dodge Road.

As of Thursday, Christopher Pappathan, Marcie Foy, and Ben Bertini remained hospitalized in Boston, Mass.

Ben Bertini is Christopher Pappathan's grandson and the son of Jessica Bertini, who pulled the boy from the fire and was treated and released for her own burns.

Tyler Brunelle is Jeanne Pappathan's nephew; the boy is the son of Terri and Gary Brunelle; Terri Brunelle is Jeanne Pappathan's sister.

Both boys were taken to Shriners Hospital, along with baby Olivia Foy, who was burned over 10 percent of her body.

Bertini was scheduled to be taken out of a medically induced coma on Friday, according to his great-grandfather Edmund Gleason.

Guests and witnesses are being interviewed as police investigate the incident with assistance from the Pelham Fire Department, the state police, the N.H. State Fire Marshal's Office, and the Hillsborough County Attorney's Office.

The Pappathans own an insurance agency in town and Jeanne Pappathan is a hairdresser who works out of her home.

The state Fire Marshal's Office removed more than 90 boxes of unused fireworks from the home on Wednesday, and said no restricted items were found in the home. Authorities have not yet placed a value on the fireworks.

They said it'll be two to three weeks before an inventory and cost estimate is available.

Funds have been set up to assist with medical bills for Olivia Foy and Ben Bertini. Donations are being accepted at Friends of Ben Fund, Enterprise Bank, P.O. Box 1038, 139 Bridge St., Pelham, NH 03076. Donations for the Foy Family can be made to Enterprise Bank, c/o Foy Family.

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