Boys airlifted with serious body, facial burns after Qld camp fire explosion

TWO young boys, aged 12 and 13, have suffered serious burns to their face and bodies after a horror camp fire explosion in north Queensland.

Emergency crews rushed to a location in Warrubullen in far north Queensland just before 9.00pm on Tuesday following reports of an explosion.

Upon arrival, Queensland Ambulance Service Officer in Charge, Paul Bridges, said two young male patients were found with extensive burns to their upper and lower limbs, face and torso.


According to Mr Bridges, one of the children told paramedics that they had “thrown a little portable gas cylinder out of a camp stove into the camp fire and it exploded.”

The pair were treated at the scene before being airlifted to Innisfail Hospital in a serious condition with significant burns.

The teens have now since been airlfited to Townsville Hospital for further treatment.

The incident has prompted authorities to issue a warning about the importance of camp fire safety, especially during school holidays.