Saturday 7 December 2019

Young man (20s) dies from burn injuries after being found on fire at Glastonbury festival

Glastonbury Festival
Glastonbury Festival

A young man has died after being badly burned at the Glastonbury Festival site.

The victim, in his 20s, was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being discovered alight on Monday afternoon.

The man is believed to have caught fire in the Green Field area after a petrol spillage. Police are investigating, but the the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

The victim is believed to be a festival goer rather than a member of staff and the Health and Safety Executive said it was not being treated as a workplace death.

Rescuers were reported to be hampered by mud and access roads blocked by stuck vehicles as they tried to reach him.

A helicopter from Great Western Air Ambulance flew the casualty to hospital in Bristol.

He was then transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he later died.

Avon and Somerset police said: "We were called by the fire service after reports of a man on fire at the Glastonbury Festival site at about 5.20pm last night.

"The man suffered serious burns and was taken by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

"He was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he sadly later died.

"The man's family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time.

"Our enquiries are continuing but we are treating the death as unexplained and do not believe it to be suspicious."

The ambulance service was joined by the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the Great Western Air Ambulance and the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

Final preparations are taking place for the festival which opens its doors to the public on Wednesday.

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