ACCIDENTS & INJURIES

Young Boy Dead After Catching Fire In Salt Lake City

Aug 7, 2021, 11:13 PM | Updated: Jul 14, 2023, 11:34 am

(Scott Winterton, Deseret News)...

(Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

(Scott Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A young boy has died after he caught fire in Salt Lake City, burning more than 90 percent of his body.

The incident happened just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday near 500 South and Navajo Street.

Lt. Steve Wooldridge with the Salt Lake City Police Department said two pre-teen boys were playing with some type of fuel and accelerant when one of them caught fire.

“A citizen saw that and assisted with trying to put out the fire while Salt Lake City Fire Department responded,” said Wooldridge.

After realizing the severity of the boy’s injuries, he was rushed, along with GoldCross ambulance, to Primary Children’s Hospital.

“In spite of attempted medical intervention, the child has passed away,” said Wooldridge.

The incident is under investigation.

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Young Boy Dead After Catching Fire In Salt Lake City