Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham wood burner explosion burns victim's face

A man suffered serious burns to his face and body when he added an "accelerant" to a wood burner, causing it to explode.

The victim was burning material in an open burner in New Oscott, Birmingham.

It exploded when he added fuel, causing serious and "life-changing" burns to his face, neck, shoulder, arms and hand.

The man, who is in his 20s, is being treated at a specialist burns centre at the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "On arrival, the ambulance staff were told that the man... had been burning material in an open wood burner outside when he added an accelerant.

"Unfortunately, the fuel caused the fire to explode and the man suffered flash burns to his face, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and hand.

"Crews were also initially concerned about his airway as he was complaining of a sore throat."

The blast happened at about 17:25 BST on Monday.

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