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Opotiki teenager receives serious burns

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/06/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">A 17-year-old from Opotiki who accidentally set himself alight while starting a fire with petrol has been flown with serious burns to Waikato Hospital.</span> © Getty A 17-year-old from Opotiki who accidentally set himself alight while starting a fire with petrol has been flown with serious burns to Waikato Hospital. An Opotiki teenager is in hospital with serious burns after accidentally setting himself alight while using petrol to start a fire.

The 17-year-old was airlifted out after the Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to the Bay of Plenty town about 2.30pm on Monday.

St John Ambulance paramedics stabilised the patient, who was described as having serious burns to his arms, legs and abdomen before he was flown to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton.

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