Juveniles playing with fire results in burns on child

Published 8:23 am Tuesday, April 10, 2018

An 8-year-old was flown to the University of Kentucky hospital Sunday evening after sustaining burns from a fire started by the child and two others.

A 16-year-old and an 11-year-old were also involved, according to Danville Police Chief Tony Gray.

“(They) started the fire, no intent. It got out of control,” he said.

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Gray said the 16-year-old could be facing charges; police are working with a court-designated worker on that.

Assistant Fire Chief Tim Brumfield said the Danville Fire Department was dispatched at 5:37 p.m. to a home on Ridgeway Drive in Danville for a structure fire, initially reported as a fire in an outbuilding.

“The fire was out when they got there,” he said.

He said he believes the juveniles were playing with fire, but he couldn’t confirm if it was matches or a lighter that was used. Brumfield said it appeared they were being curious about fire, but not actually attempting to set fire to anything.

Gray said minor damage was reported to the shed and its contents.

The 8-year-old, however, reportedly had burns on between 2 and 10 percent of his body, Brumfield said, explaining that would be more correctly determined by hospital staff.

The child was transported via Boyle County EMS to the helipad near the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. From there, the child was flown to UK.