Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Prank Ends in Burns Horror; Friends in Hospital after Setting Fire to Toy Car

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Prank Ends in Burns Horror; Friends in Hospital after Setting Fire to Toy Car

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON

TWO schoolboys were turned into human fire balls after a game with petrol went horrifically wrong.

Pals Daniel Sinnitt, 12, and 10-year-old Lewis Nicholson were playing with a remote control car when they decided to set it on fire.

The small blaze caused an explosion and set both of them on fire.

The pair screamed for help and neighbours ran to their aid.

Today the boys, from North Shields, are in Newcastle Gen-eraHospital's intensive care unit and are waiting to hear if they need skin grafts.

Daniel suffered burns to his legs and hands and his mate received injuries to his face, neck and throat.

Today Daniel's dad, Andrew, 39, of Woolsington Road, told of the horror.

He said: "Daniel's trousers caught fire and the skin burnt on his legs. His right hand is also burnt.

"The doctors have burst the blisters on his legs and they are really swollen. We just pray he won't be scarred for life."

The incident happened at 9pm yesterday at the back of Lewis's house in Garrick Close.

The boys were playing with three others when they were collecting snails to put in a remote control car.

The pair decided to set the car on fire but it is understood when they saw small flames they poured a form of petrol used for the play car on top.

The remote control vehicle then exploded and flames shot up around six feet high and engulfed the boys, both pupils at Norham Community Technical College.

Courtney Errington, 10, also of Garrick Close, was playing with the two at the time of the explosion.

She said: "We were collecting snails and putting them in the car then the boys set in on fire. The flames weren't big enough, so Lewis poured petrol on it and that's when it went bang.

"The flames jumped up and they went on Lewis's hands and face. The skin just peeled off his forehead. …

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