Monday, April 25, 2011

Chris Flintoff, 19 accidentally set his girlfriend, Lindsey Plant on Fire - 25th Apr 2011

A teenager accidentally set his girlfriend on fire while trying to light a disposable barbecue with a bowl of petrol.

Chris Flintoff, 19, had become frustrated that the barbecue wouldn't light so got a dish of petrol and poured it on the fire. But the flames shot back up and set to his hands on fire.

Desperate to put out the flames, he threw the bowl behind him not realising his 19-year-old girlfriend, Lindsey Plant, was walking there to fetch her mobile phone.

The burning petrol hit the law student's legs causing 36 per cent burns.

The emergency services were called and an ambulance, rapid response vehicle and air ambulance were then sent to the property in Walsall on Saturday afternoon.

She was treated at the scene before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Ronald Poole, 68, said his grandson had been trying to get a fire started when he poured petrol on it.

The grandfather-of-four said: 'They bought a disposable barbecue and tried to light it but it kept going out.

'He got this dish of petrol and poured a bit on the fire, but the fire travelled back up and his hands caught fire. Read More