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ALL money collected will go to Adam and Scott Conrad, and their co-worker Brad Mahoney.

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A sudden explosion months ago left three Dubuque County construction workers burned from head to toe.

On Tuesday, those workers reunited with the doctors and nurses at the University of Iowa Hospital Burn Unit who helped save their lives.

On August third, an explosion in the basement of a Peosta home critically injured Adam and Scott Conrad, and their co-worker Brad Mahoney.

28-year -old Adam Conrad said, “we were going to stain a floor with cleaner and something ignited the cleaner which turned the whole basement into a ball of fire.”

The three young men would be forever changed. It started with a routine construction project in the basement of this Peosta home.

18-year-old Brad Mahoney said, “there was a moment of complete silence before we realized what was happening and then it was click and then whoosh.”

That sound still haunts Mahoney.

Mahoney said, “we were on fire and it was sheer panic and confusion, just terrified.”

The four months since the accident have been almost as terrifying. Mahoney and the Conrad brothers spent months in the UIHC burn unit.

25-year-old Scott Conrad said, “my whole body was a bandage. You know looking at it that day I didn’t think I was ever going to get out of the hospital.”

Today the trio works day in and day out with therapists at hospitals closer to home.

All three still have a long road to recovery.

Adam said, “it’s hard you know. Somedays you don’t know if you are going to make it. I was 70 percent burned, by their rights, I was suppose to be dead.”

But each man is a survivor- and they’re getting better everyday.

The Conrad brothers are both recovering at Covenant Hospital in Waterloo.

Brad Mahoney is doing outpatient rehab at Mercy Medical Center in Dyersville.
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