Two children were burned around noon Sunday in what appears to be an accidental burning incident.
According to an incident report filed by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a call of a thermal burn victim in the 5800 block of Highway 196. The incident involved two juvenile children.
The police report indicated EMS personnel were already on scene when they arrived. EMS was attending the children who were then transported to Winn Army Hospital on Fort Stewart.
According to the report, the investigating deputy spoke with the children’s father, Jesse Strickland, who told the officer he was inside the home working in the bathroom when he heard a scream and went outside to investigate what happened and saw the juvenile’s crying.
The deputy also spoke with the children’s grandfather, Richard Strickland, who stated he was outside working on a vehicle when he heard a loud boom and could then hear the children screaming.
The report indicated an old gas can was found on the ground in the vicinity of where the boys where playing. The report states the children’s injuries consisted of burns to the left arm of one child and burns to the face, chest, legs and feet of the other child.
The report goes on to state the children were playing in the yard when apparently the older child got an old gas can and a lighter and poured the old fuel on the ground and lit it on fire causing the injuries to both boys.
The deputy followed up on the children and learned both had been taken to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta.