HOUSTON, Minnesota (WXOW)-- Four children are hospitalized after a campfire explosion last night. It happened at the Money Creek Haven Campgrounds in Houston.
The Houston County Sheriff's office responded to a call there about 9:30. According to the sheriff's department, an adult member of the camping group poured an accelerant on a campfire. The accelerant ignited the container it was in. We got that information from the Houston County Sheriff's office.
We did receive a call from someone claiming to have been at the accident, who says an accelerant was not used.
The Mayo One helicopter was called to transport a four-year-old girl to the hospital in St. Paul. The Medlink helicopter flew another juvenile to La Crosse, and two more were transported by ambulance, also to La Crosse. The extent of their injuries is unknown.
"Since it is the 4th of July weekend, there will be a lot of campfires and a lot of adult and children around fires," said Sheriff Doug Ely. "We just ask that use some common sense. And if you are going to use an accelerant, we ask that you be specifically safe and know your surroundings what it could possibly do."
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