HAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy is in an upstate New York burn unit after he was engulfed in flames when someone threw liquid fuel on a bonfire.
State police tell The Post-Star of Glens Falls that Raymond Winchell III was at a family gathering last Saturday night in Hampton, a rural Washington County town on the Vermont border 65 miles northeast of Albany.
Troopers say the teen was standing next to a bonfire when someone splashed fuel onto it. Some of the fuel hit Winchell, setting him on fire.
His family says the boy suffered second- and third-degree burns over much of his body. He’s in the burn unit at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.
The teen is a student at Schenectady High School.
Police say alcohol wasn’t involved in the accident. No charges are expected.
Information from: The Post-Star, http://www.poststar.com