Fire at summer camp injures 75 people

Update: August, 06/2015 - 17:40

75 campers, some as young as 7 years old, were burned by a fire at a summer camp in Thanh Hoa province. — Photo

THANH HOA (VNS) — Campers as young as 7 years old were among 75 people injured last night by a fire at a summer camp in Thanh Hoa province, witnesses said.

Campers and counselors aged between 7 and 23 years old suffered second and third degree burns, hospital officials said. Some will remain hospitalised until next week.

The fire began as a small, controlled fire designed to warm up campers. When the flame began to peter out, staff poured a large bucket of petrol on the fire, triggering a small explosion that burned bystanders.

The camp is located in Dong Anh commune, Dong Son district, and local authorities of the commune supported each hospitalised victim with VND500,000 (US$23)

Local police are investigating the accident. — VNS