UPDATE #2: FRIDAY 11:00 AM – The boy flown to Galveston, Texas.
We spoke to a family member of the children, who are siblings, who told us the 10-year-old boy has been transferred to a hospital in Galveston, Texas.
47% of his body was burned during the incident and although he is stable, he will need to remain in the hospital for some time. There are risks for complications with burns this severe.
The 12-year-old girl was taken to a Springfield hospital with 15% of her body burned. She will receive a skin graft to her forehead.
UPDATE #1: THURSDAY 6:00 PM – The boy and girl were flown to a critical care burn unit in Springfield.
CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — A 12 year old and 10 year old have critical burns after a gas can exploded in Carl Junction.
Carl Junction Chief of Police Delmar Haase says the juveniles had a gas can in a back yard and were trying to burn something. Somehow the can ignited and exploded around 12:00 Thursday afternoon.
The subsequent grass fire occurred behind a residence and between yards. Most easily accessible from the north end of Schimm Circle. At the end of that culdesac is a small park area.
Both the boy and girl suffered critical burns, rushed priority one, to a local hospital. UPDATED: Both flown to a Springfield burn unit and are in critical care.