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Firefighter gifted with laser surgery to heal severe burns

Frank Forbay was badly burnt when a gas cylinder exploded while he fought a blaze in Hout Bay.

FILE: A firefighter battles a blaze in Muizenberg during fires that ravaged the Cape Peninsula in March 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A firefighter who was engulfed by flames while battling a fire in the Table Mountain National Park, has been gifted with laser surgery.

Commander Frank Forbay (47) was badly burnt when a gas cylinder exploded while he was fighting a blaze at the luxury Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge in Hout Bay.

WATCH: _ Cape fire aftermath._

He explained in graphic detail how he had heard a loud blast flowed by pain.

"There was a boom and I heard a swoosh sound. I felt heat just go right past me, then I could feel the skin melt off my fingers."

Doctor Patrick Gardner was inspired by Forbay's heroism and decided to offer the firefighter free medical assistance in the form of laser treatment that would help regenerate the tissue damaged in the explosion.

_WATCH: _ Amazing footage of Cape fire water bombing.

For the latest on the Cape fires click here.

For EWN's special feature on Cape fires, click here.

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