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More than half of man's body severely burned in Calgary fire pit accident

CALGARY — A man in Calgary is in critical condition after suffering burns from an apparent flare-up in a backyard fire pit. Emergency responders were called to a northeast home Tuesday evening after reports of an explosion in the area.
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CALGARY — A man in Calgary is in critical condition after suffering burns from an apparent flare-up in a backyard fire pit.

Emergency responders were called to a northeast home Tuesday evening after reports of an explosion in the area.

Officials say a man in his 40s had severe burns to more than 50 per cent of his body.

It's believed the flare-up happened when a flammable liquid, possibly paint thinner, was poured on the flames.

Two other men in the yard at the time threw the injured man to the ground to extinguish the fire and used a burn blanket to protect him until paramedics arrived.

No one else was hurt and no nearby properties were damaged. (CTV Calgary)

The Canadian Press




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