Static Electricity Fire Severely Injures 2 Boys
SPOKANE - Two four-year old boys were
sent to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after they
were badly burned while playing in a neighbor's backyard.
Gasoline helped start the fire Saturday
afternoon in north Spokane, but investigators said it's
unclear how it started and how the gas got on the boys
who were identified as Alexander Vensel and Brian A. Ashmore.
There was no evidence that the children were playing with
The boys were either on or near a plastic
slide when they were burned, although there was no gas
on the slide, said Spokane Fire Battalion Chief Mike Inman.
A gas can was nearby from the lawn recently being mowed.
Investigators are considering the possibility
that static electricity somehow started the fire.
"There isn't really anything else
it could have been that we could see," Inman said.
"You'd never think anything like this would happen."
Neighbors administered aid to the boys,
who were taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center, then airlifted
to Harborview, which is a regional center for treating
Both boys suffered burns over 50 percent
of their bodies and will need skin grafts.
Police said one boy Alexander Vensel,
was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.The
other boy, Brian A. Ashmore, was listed as serious Monday
morning, also at Harborview Medical Center.
Alexander Vensel is listed in critical
condition and Brian Ashmore is listed in serious condition.
Both young boys are being treated at Harborview Medical