Chainsaw sets two men on fire

TWO men are recovering today after suffering serious burns when they were engulfed in flames on their property at Miva yesterday morning.

The men, believed to be father and son, were refuelling a chainsaw on their homestead south-west of Maryborough when the petrol ignited, the chainsaw blew up and they caught on fire.

Work colleagues quickly took the men to a nearby dam to cool them off before the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter arrived about 9.35am.

The helicopter crew met road paramedics who were treating the men before they were airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital.

“A 25-year-old male has suffered both partial and full thickness burns to over 30 per cent of his body and is in a serious condition,” AGL crewman Scott Reeman said.

“The older male has serious burns to his hands.”

It is not known what caused the petrol to ignite.

The chopper was also called out to a car crash at Baffle Creek, south-east of Miriam Vale, yesterday after a 21-year-old man lost control of his vehicle and ran into a tree.

The man was flown to Bundaberg Hospital with two broken legs, a broken arm and cuts.

He is in a stable condition.

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