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Crime & Courts

April 18, 2014

Two-year-old boy, stepfather suffer gas-fire burns

ARMA, Kan. — A 2-year-old boy and his stepfather suffered burns Friday afternoon when a plastic gasoline container left near a fire pit ignited, according to the Arma Police Department.

Police said emergency responders were called at 12:53 p.m. to West Washington Street in Arma.

An ambulance took the boy to the Arma Fire Department where he was put on board a medical helicopter and flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

His condition remained unavailable late Friday afternoon.

The stepfather was taken to a local hospital with burns to his arms and hands.  

Family members told police that a plastic gas container left near a fire pit in their yard ignited and caught the child’s clothing on fire. The stepfather grabbed the child and put out the flames on the boy’s clothing with the help of a neighbor.

The names of the child and stepfather were being withheld while an investigation of the incident continues, police said.


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