Fire officials said a child suffered burns to 70 percent of his body Monday after somehow coming into contact with a gas can that had been set on fire.
The incident happened at a home behind a business at 15235 Highway 231 431 South in Hazel Green.
Authorities said the boy suffered mostly second-degree burns.
A medical helicopter landed at the scene around 4:40 p.m. to fly the child to the hospital. An ambulance loaded the boy from the site and drove across the highway to the waiting helicopter for transfer. The boy was taken to UAB Hospital in Birmingham for treatment.
Crews were also brought in to attend to a car crash near the scene. Witness accounts indicate children running across the road to assist the 5-year-old inadvertently caused the three-car collision.
Deputies at the scene said the investigation is ongoing and will be led by the fire department.
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