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Campfire explosion in West Point kills 12-year-old boy, mother sent to hospital

Feb 20, 2024, 3:04 PM | Updated: Feb 21, 2024, 6:31 am

A mother and son were hospitalized Monday night after they were burned near a campfire in West Poin...

A mother and son were hospitalized Monday night after they were burned near a campfire in West Point. The boy later died. (KSL TV)

(KSL TV)

WEST POINT — A boy was killed after he used gasoline to start a campfire in his family’s backyard in West Point Monday night.

North Davis Fire Chief Mark Becraft told KSL TV the 12-year-old boy was adding gasoline to the fire when the gas can he was using exploded. Becraft said the boy’s mother saw him on fire and attempted to put the fire out.

The North Davis Fire District said the boy had second- and third-degree burns over 50% of his body and was transported by medical helicopter to Primary Children’s Hospital. The mother had second- and third-degree burns to her legs and was transported to a local hospital by ambulance.

Becraft said the campfire was extinguished by the time first responders arrived at the scene.

According to the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, the boy died from his injuries Tuesday morning. His mother has since been released from the hospital.

“Responding to this call and aiding the family on this tragic night will be a moment that will stay with our deputies and other first responders for a lifetime,” Davis County Sheriff Kelly V. Sparks said. “We cannot begin to express our sincerest condolences to this family and those impacted by this terrible accident. We mourn the loss of this young boy, and we grieve for his family, his schoolmates, and those who love him.”

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Campfire explosion in West Point kills 12-year-old boy, mother sent to hospital