4 Injured in Burleson Residential Flash Fire

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013  |  Updated 11:24 PM CDT
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The Burleson fire marshal said four teens were playing with gasoline in the backyard at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, pouring it on the ground and lighting it on fire, when the gasoline flashed and burned the four boys.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

The Burleson fire marshal said four teens were playing with gasoline in the backyard at about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, pouring it on the ground and lighting it on fire, when the gasoline flashed and burned the four boys.

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Emergency responders arrived at the home on the 400 block of Southeast Gardens Boulevard and found the boys, ages 18, 17, 13 and 13, all injured. All four have been taken to the hospital for treatment.
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Four young men were injured in a flash fire while playing with gasoline outside of a home in Burleson Wednesday afternoon.

The Burleson fire marshal said the four were playing with gasoline in the backyard at about 4:30 p.m., pouring it on the ground and lighting it on fire, when the gasoline flashed and burned the four boys.

Emergency responders arrived at the home on the 400 block of Southeast Gardens Boulevard and found the boys, ages 18, 17, 13 and 13, all injured.

"I'm just speechless," said Donna Russell, the aunt of two boys injured in the flash fire. "I don't know what to say; I don't know what to do."

Sally Ellertson, the public information officer of the City of Burleson, wasn't able to say where the boys were burned, but from Chopper 5 at least one of the boys could be seen with his arms wrapped.

The 18-year-old was injured critically. He, along with one of the 13-year-old boys, was flown to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas by air ambulance. The other two boys were transported to Parkland by ground.

The City of Burleson says one of the teens is listed in critical condition, another seriously hurt and two others suffered non-life threatening injuries.

"My brother-in-law, the kids' dad, he's a single father of four," Russell said. "He's just out of it. He doesn't know what to do, I don't either, except pray. I'm asking everyone to pray." 

The teens were home alone at the time of the fire.

Ellertson says neighbors reported the accident after hearing an explosion.

NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.

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