SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — A Seattle Fire Department spokesman says five teens were burned after one of them poured an accelerant onto a bonfire in a fire pit at Alki Beach Park.
KCPQ-TV reports that the teens were burning their homework in the bonfire as an end-of-school-year celebration.
“Originally we were at the fire pit next to them, and by the time I looked there was a big explosion and we saw four people on fire,” Jimmy Nguyen told KOMO-TV.
Spokesman Kyle Moore says all five were taken to Harborview Medical Center’s burn unit after the beach bonfire flared up Monday night.
He says two male teens are in serious condition with second- and third-degree burns to their arms and faces. Three other teens — two boys and a girl — were less seriously burned.
He estimates all were 18 or younger. They are all reportedly seniors at Thomas Jefferson High School.
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