Man burns side of face after unknown substance tossed on fire

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 02, 2017 6:44PM

Emergency officials in New Ipswich responded to a call that involved a victim that was burned in a campfire incident on Saturday around 5 p.m.

Fire Chief Meredith Lund said a middle-aged man burned the side of his face after someone threw an unmarked container of waste fuel on a campfire. She said authorities are unsure what was in the container. A call to the New Ipswich Police Department wasn’t returned by deadline on Monday and Lund was not able to confirm the man’s name or exact age.

Lund said the man was transported to a hospital in Massachusetts. She said she hadn’t heard what condition he was in as of Monday.

She said there were at least two other people who were at the scene when the fire happened. The people at the campfire were able to largely extinguish the fire by the time officials showed up, although fire crews ensured there was no fire extension into the woods.

Lund said the department wasn’t able to find any permits for the campfire, which residents are required to obtain until there’s snow on the ground. She said tossing many kinds of fire accelerants and flammable materials is against state statute. Lund said no one has been cited for either violation as of Monday.

Abby Kessler can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 234 or akessler@ledgertranscript.com.