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Langlade Co. boy returns home after he was burned by fire

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A 13-year-old boy burned by fire in his own front yard is welcomed home. The Langlade County boy said this experience has changed his life forever.

Family members said they're grateful he's alive.

13-year-old Nate Cook is finally home.

The Deerbrook boy was greeted by family and friends after more than a month in the hospital.

"We are so glad he's home, and he is really a miracle coming home today," said Mary Stensberg.

"It really was miraculous," said Angela Cook, Nate's mother.

But it's been a long road ever since his life changed July 2nd.

The 13-year-old boy was mowing the lawn and spotted a large ant hill. He decided to burn it out with what he thought was regular gasoline but that's where it all went wrong.

"He didn't realize what he was doing when he grabbed that fuel because I found out later it's 20 times more flammable than normal gas, it's called nitro methane," said Angela Cook.

"The second it started burning me, I started screaming, I'm going to die, I'm going to die," said Nate Cook.

Nate said the fire spread quickly, burning his clothes and more than 50% of his body. It even temporarily blinded him.

"I was tired, I couldn't see and I was on the verge of just giving up," said Nate Cook.

The 13-year-old ripped off his burning clothes and rushed for help from a neighbor.

"Just hysterical, I mean, like I say, asking god, don't let me die, I love my dad, my mother, my sister, my brothers, and then continued to scream, he's so in pain," said Morris Wegner, Nate's neighbor.

Nate was flown to U.W. Madison's Burn Unit. He spent nearly 45 days there, enduring three surgeries.

Throughout it all, Cook said his faith kept him strong.

"I started praying and asking the Lord for help, by this time I had tried everything, it felt right to do," said Nate Cook.

Now, Nate is home.

His parents said it'll take about 3 years for him to fully recover, something they'll do together.

If you'd like to help, the family has set up a website to accept donations: Nathaniel Cook Recovery Fund

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