THE mother of a teenager who suffered 90 per cent burns while playing with an aerosol has spoken of her alarm at hearing about a ten-year-old being set on fire by children in York.
Connor Rowntree, now 18, was playing with the aerosol at friend’s home near Newcastle in 2009 when he was engulfed in flames. He spent nearly a year fighting for his life in hospital and has undergone over 100 reconstructive operations.
His mum, Carol, said she was horrified to read on The Press website about ten-year-old Gabriel Wishart, who was playing in Ashton Park in Clifton last week, when he was sprayed by a group of teenage boys who then set his clothes on fire.
His accident happened in May 2009 when Connor, then 15, was engulfed in flames while playing with petrol and aerosols at a friend’s house.
He jumped out of a window to escape the blaze and his friend threw water over him to put out the fire.
Connor, of Houghton-le-Spring, now fronts a fire safety campaign in the North East and has been presented with bravery awards.
Police described the incident in York as “extremely concerning” and said they were undertaking extra patrols in the area.
A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team are progressing the investigation into this incident and are continuing to support the victim and his family.”
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