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Service issues warning not to pour flammable liquids onto bonfires or barbecues after man seriously injured

24/07/2017

A man has suffered potentially life threatening injures after pouring a flammable liquid on a bonfire at his home in Stoke-on-Trent.

“This was an extremely tragic accident which has left the man with serious burns to his body. This incident could have been avoided and I plead with our community not to pour any flammable substances onto bonfires or barbecues as the result could be absolutely devastating."

Station Manager Paul Shaw

The 57-year-old was planning to burn rubbish in the garden of his home on Egerton Road, Hartshill, on Sunday (July 23). He poured a flammable liquid onto the household rubbish and attempted to light it with a lighter, typically used to ignite a cooker. The liquid ignited and caused a flash flame which then lit the man’s clothing on fire.

The man’s son was also in the garden at the time of the incident and when firefighters from Newcastle arrived he had already covered his father with a curtain in order to extinguish the fire.

The casualty suffered serious burns to his arms, chest and face and was taken to Royal Stoke Hospital by ambulance. He was then transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Station Manager Paul Shaw said: “This was an extremely tragic accident which has left the man with serious burns to his body. This incident could have been avoided and I plead with our community not to pour any flammable substances onto bonfires or barbecues as the result could be absolutely devastating.

“We have been in constant contact with the hospital and have been told the man is in a critical but stable condition and we all hope he will make a full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time.”

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