Dayton boy burned with gasoline

Feb 17, 2013

At approximately 10:36am this date, Deputy Robert Dunn responded to a call at 374 CR. 4704, just South of the City of Dayton, regarding a twelve (12) year old boy being accidently burned with gasoline. Deputy Dunn's preliminary investigation indicated the small boy was using gasoline from a five (5) gallon plastic gas container to burn ant hills off the family property when the flames, apparently, jumped from an ant hill to the gas container and the container burst into flames engulfing the child as well as doing minor fire damage to the outside wall of the home. 

Life Flight was requested and upon arrival, landed near the home so as not to transport the child via ambulance to the normal heli-pad a distance away. Liberty County EMS as well as the Dayton Fire Department arrived on the scene and the PRELIMINARY "on scene" evaluation of the child’s injuries were second and third degree burns over approximately 80 percent of his body. Needless to say, this on scene evaluation may change as he is evaluated by doctors at Herman hospital in Houston where he was transported.

Follow up investigation will be conducted by the Liberty County Sheriff's Department.

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