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January 21, 2014

Boy burned in accident

Fitzhugh — A 12-year-old boy was badly burned near Fitzhugh Monday.

The accident occurred at the boy’s residence on County Road 3520 just before 3 p.m. The boy told Pontotoc County sheriff’s deputy Tyler Mackey he was burning trash in a barrel when he added gasoline to the fire. The fire climbed the stream of fuel and into a five-gallon can the boy was holding.

“The fire followed the gas back up into the can, the can ignited and then exploded,” Mackey said.

The explosion burned the boy on the upper body and face. Mackey said the boy suffered second and third-degree burns.

The boy was conscious and speaking to emergency workers. He was able to walk to a waiting ambulance where he was treated prior to being flown to an Oklahoma City hospital. A condition was not available by press time Tuesday.

The explosion also triggered a grass fire which — fueled by high winds and dry conditions — spread rapidly to the east. Firefighters from Fitzhugh, Roff, Ada, Fittstown and Bureau of Indian Affairs worked furiously to extinguish the blaze. Pontotoc County Emergency Management director Chad Letellier said the fire consumed 33.2 acres.

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