Tuesday 8th July 2014 – 11.10pm – Murray MacGregor.
People lighting bonfires are, once again, being warned about the dangers of using an accelerant after a man ended up in hospital with burns
The latest incident that has resulted in injury happened at a business in Hayes Lane in the Lye area of Stourbridge.
The initial 999 call at 3.25pm on Tuesday afternoon stated that a man had lit a fire and poured some liquid on to it, which promptly exploded. The caller said the patient was feeling faint and dizzy.
A rapid response vehicle was sent to the scene, but the Midlands Air Ambulance at RAF Cosford, which carries a trauma doctor was put on standby in case the injury was serious.
Advanced paramedic, Ste Hill, said: “The 26 year old from the Pedmore area said that he was concerned about the rain coming and wanted to get the fire going before it arrived.
“Fortunately for him, the burns to his neck, ear and side of his face had blistered but were not as serious as they could have been following an explosion.
“I put burns packs on the affected areas before taking him to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
“There is no doubt that his injuries could have been very much worse. Once again, we can but re-iterate the dangers of putting an accelerant on a bonfire. Every year we see such cases where people have put petrol or other chemicals on fires with the same result.
“Please be careful – such injuries can leave you scarred for life or worse.”