Bellevue, Nebraska Fire and Rescue were called to a home near 28th and Josephine around 7:45 Monday evening with the report a young boy had been burned. Bellevue Police Lieutenant David Stukenholtz says there were six children, ranging in ages from 6 to 14 in the yard and they had been playing with gasoline.
Lt. Stukenholtz says a 14 year old poured gasoline into a glass and then lit it on fire. When the glass became too hot to hold, he threw it and some of the flaming gasoline landed on an 8 year old boy. The boy suffered burns to his leg, side and back. A 7 year old boy burned his hands when he tried to put out the flames by repeatedly hitting the older boy.
The 8 year old was rushed to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha and later transferred to the burn unit at St. Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center in Lincoln. His current condition is not known. The condition of the 7 year old has not been released.
The 14 year old boy who held the glass of gasoline was cited with Second Degree Assault for recklessly causing serious injury to another person with a dangerous instrument, which was the burning gasoline. He was released to his mother after the citation was issued.