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Two Maryland boys suffer burns after bonfire accident


Two Maryland boys were transported to local hospitals after sustaining burns following an accident at a bonfire in Bel Air. The incident occurred when about a dozen pre-teens were having a bonfire party at a residence. When a parent supervising the party stepped inside, one of the boys grabbed a gasoline container from the yard and poured the gasoline onto the fire. The container blew up and started a flash fire injuring the two boys.

One boy, 12, was flown out and the other boy, 11, was taken by ambulance to John Hopkins Children's Center. Both boys suffered from first and second degree burns to their upper body and are expected to make a full recovery. The State Fire Marshal determined that the boys' actions were not malicious at the conclusion of the investigation and no charges will be filed.

Each year there are close to 1,500 children injured or killed in gasoline related fires across the United States; especially during the summer, burns are all too common in Maryland. When a person is injured on another person's property as in this instance, the owner of the property could be held liable for those injuries. If the victim's injury was due to dangerous premises or due to the negligence of the property owner, the victim may file a premises liability lawsuit to seek compensation for his or her medical care and expenses associated with his or her injury.

Filing a premises liability lawsuit in Maryland can be complicated and stressful and will require the victim to ultimately show that the homeowner was negligent or responsible for the injury. Individuals injured on the property of another person or business should consult an experience personal injury attorney to help with their specific case.

Source: The Baltimore Sun, "Two boys injured during Bel Air bonfire," Krishana Davis, Dec. 23, 2013

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