Burns boy remains critical

Published Saturday, 17 November 2012
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A four-year-old boy found running down a Ballymena street with his clothes on fire remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Burns boy remains critical
Police at the scene of the incident in Ballymena on Friday. (© Pacemaker)

The child was rushed to Antrim Area Hospital on Friday after being found by a woman passing by at around 2.30pm in the Larne Road area.

She required medical treatment for burns after trying to put the flames out with her hands.

It is understood the little boy may have been in a nearby house where a candle caused his clothes to catch fire.

Neighbour Wesley Luke said the child was rolled on the ground in a nearby garden in an attempt to put the flames out.

"Then the emergency services arrived and we got cold water and that to keep the skin as cold as we could until we got the proper equipment," he added.

The child was later transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital where he was described on Saturday afternoon as still in a critical condition.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

© UTV News
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angela irwin in kells ballymena wrote (620 days ago):
my prayer,s are with the family of the little boy i hope and pray he is ok,,,, what i dont understand how did a child that age get out of the house and who was in the house when it took place,,,, come on wee man you dont want to miss santa x x
Concerned parent from Ballymena in Ballymena wrote (620 days ago):
Ballymena behind you wee man. We are all routing for you. Sending prayers for your family to see them through this. Biggest hugs
louise in belfast wrote (620 days ago):
Poor wee boy, hope he comes out of this ok.
henry in belfast wrote (620 days ago):
come on wee man you can make it
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