A local 14-year-old boy has suffered severe burns after a metal bin fire, while another 12-year-old boy sustained minor burns.
The incident happened at around 10pm on Sunday, October 20, when a group of five teenagers set a bonfire in a metal bin in a back garden at a house on Roman Pavement, off Greetwell Road.
It is believed that accelerant was added to the fire causing it to flash, injuring the 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy.
The 12-year-old has been treated for minor burns locally, but the 14-year-old boy was very badly burned and is now receiving specialist treatment at a hospital in Birmingham.
A 15-year-old local boy has been arrested in connection with this incident and he is currently being questioned by police.
— Update on October 22 at 10am: Police said the condition of the 14-year-old boy injured in this incident is now improving.
The 15-year-old boy arrested in connection with the incident has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Lincolnshire Police DI Suzanne Davies warned of the dangers of setting bonfires: “This is an awful incident that has led to a local youngster being seriously hurt.
“It really demonstrates the huge dangers of messing around with fire, especially where accelerants are used.
“We hope that by releasing some details of this incident we can discourage youngsters from taking similar risks in the run-up to Bonfire Night.”