VAN NUYS ( — An Anheuser-Busch brewery worker suffered serious burns Sunday afternoon after falling into a vat of hot mash at the bottling plant in Van Nuys, authorities said.

The worker, a man is his 40s, was attempting to funnel sediments from the mash into a tanker truck when fell into the vat containing the 180-degree mixture, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

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Firefighters and paramedics responded to the brewery, located at 15800 Roscoe Blvd., just before 1 p.m., Humphrey said. The man was able to get out of the vat himself, and paramedics took him to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center.

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The man suffered burns to 30 percent of his body, including first- and second-degree burns to his thighs, Humphrey said.

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