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Friday 29 August 2014

Police investigate as boy (7) found 'on fire' on city street

Published 19/04/2014 | 09:41

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POLICE investigating how a young boy got seriously burned after being "on fire" in a city street say there is no evidence so far of any deliberate act.

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The seven-year-old was hurt in Bedford Avenue, Aberdeen, at about 2pm on Friday, and taken to hospital.

It is thought petrol could have been involved.

A neighbour said he was on fire from the neck down.

Chief inspector Nick Topping, the local Police Scotland area commander, said: "So far there has been no evidence of any deliberate act and our inquiries continue.

"We are supporting the family at this time and are continuing to speak to members of the local community to establish the full circumstances."

He appealed for witnesses to contact police through the 101 non-emergency number.

Police had received "reports of a boy on fire" and said they were following a positive line of inquiry.

He was taken to Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital where his injuries were described as serious.

Bedford Avenue was closed to traffic while officers investigate.

Eyewitness Victoria-Jayne Pirie told STV News: "We had heard him screaming and he had been lying on the floor, basically just trying to get himself calm, but nothing was working and he just ran up the back garden, screaming and crying. It was just horrid."

The boy was on fire "from the neck downwards and his clothes were sticking to him", she said.

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