Children injured in campfire
Four juveniles were injured in a campfire explosion at Money Creek Haven Campground in Houston County June 30. The Houston County Sheriff’s Department reports that one of the juveniles, a four-year-old female, had to be air lifted by medical helicopter to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for treatment.
Another juvenile male was transported by medical helicopter to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, while two other juveniles were transported by ambulance to Gundersen in La Crosse, a sheriff’s report stated.
One adult male refused transport.
The extent of injuries were unknown at the time of this report.
“The injuries were the result of an accelerant being poured on a smoldering fire by an adult member of the camping group. The accelerant ignited catching the container on fire as well,” the report states.
In a television interview, Houston County Sheriff Doug Ely said the unfortunate incident serves as a reminder to remain vigilant around fire, especially when children are present.
The incident occurred at 9:20 p.m. and was reported with a 911 call.
The sheriff’s office responded along with the Houston Ambulance, Houston Fire Department, Tri-State Ambulance, MedLink and Mayo One.
– Emily Bialkowski