TOMS RIVER — A woman was hospitalized Friday afternoon after an exploding can of cooking spray covered her in flames and almost burned her house down.

Emergency responders found the 46-year-old resident on the front porch of her Almond Drive home about 5:20 p.m. with burns to her face, torso and thighs.

Firefighters went into the smoke-filled home and put out the small fire in the kitchen. The woman was taken by helicopter to a hospital, police said Saturday.

Investigators with the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention said the woman was cooking when the can of nonstick spray exploded, dousing the victim with “super-heated liquid and flames.”

Cooking sprays can pose a risk when heated because the cans are pressurized and contain propellants. Product safety guidelines warn that storing the cans too close to hot stoves or ovens can cause an explosion.

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