Skip to main content

2 children severely burned after knocking over gas can as they played in shed

The children are aged 5 and 6.

Two young children have suffered severe burns after a fire broke out as they played in a shed on Saturday evening.

The blaze was reported off of Hwy. 2 in Culver Township, St. Louis County, at 8:05 p.m. on Saturday.

Officers arrived to find two children, aged 5 and 6, with severe burns to their body, with an ambulance then arriving and taking them both to a local hospital.

Investigators learned that the pair had been playing in the shed when they tipped over a gas can, spilling gasoline onto the floor.

They then tried to clean up the gas using an electric "Shop Vac" that ignited in flames, causing the children's clothing to catch fire as well.

The children suffered 2nd degree burns to 20 percent of their bodies, with both currently being treated in the hospital.

It's unknown at this stage how much damage was done to the property.

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily newsletters.

In the event of a gasoline spill on a non-carpeted surface, WikiHow recommends using an absorbing agent such as cat litter, T.S.P. (trisodium phosphate), sawdust, sand, straw oven dirt.

You should also erect barriers, using something like a towel, a piece of lumber or heavy boxes, to prevent the spill from reaching any electrical equipment or objects that give off heat.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-08-07 at 11.43.15 AM

Deputies fatally shoot man in Wright County

Police claim the man, who had allegedly been experiencing a mental health crisis, was armed with a knife.

Ambulance hospital emergency

17-year-old killed in northern Minnesota crash Saturday

The other drive involved in the crash, a 75-year-old man, sustained life-threatening injuries.


Alcohol a factor as driver rolls ATV into corn field, injuring 3

The crash occurred in Lake Lillian Saturday night.

Minneapolis police

Man dies after being found shot at Minneapolis' 38th and Chicago

Responders were called to the scene early Sunday morning.

Screen Shot 2022-08-07 at 6.34.12 AM

7 children arrested after 'disturbance' at Cabela's, escape in stolen vehicle

Employees called police saying the children were stealing goods from the store.

Screen Shot 2022-08-06 at 6.16.49 PM

Fire sparks evacuation from apartment building, man arrested for arson

Police and fire crews responded to the fire just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

Flickr - utility pole power line

Morning storms cause power outages, ensuing problems in Eagan

There have been reports of disabled traffic lights and issues at local businesses.

kim crockett facebook sos

GOP nominee questions if those with disabilities, non-English speakers should be able to vote

Crockett made the comments in a 2020 radio interview following a ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court.


Jury: MN pharmacist did not violate woman's rights by refusing her morning-after pill

Gender Justice, the advocacy group that brought about the lawsuit, says it will appeal the decision.

Screen Shot 2021-10-04 at 3.03.13 PM

Revival to close its original Minneapolis restaurant

Don't worry – it's bringing the chicken to its nearby BBQ joint.


Fridley Walmart

2 children burned after vehicles catch fire at Walmart in Fridley

The fire quickly spread from vehicle-to-vehicle around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Man sets fire to cabin, argues with parents, assaults deputy

The deputy required hospital treatment after the assault.


Off-duty volunteer firefighter saves double amputee from house fire

The 38-year-old was on his way to work when he saw the flames.

Police now believe Duluth burning victim set herself on fire

She's in the hospital with burns to 85 percent of her body.

Frazee Fire Department

Man severely burned, 2 dogs die in west-central MN fire

The fire was reported just after 8:20 p.m. Monday.

Barn burns after farmer accidentally sparks fire as he cleared snow

Fortunately, he was able to get the livestock out of the barn in time.

Boy thrown from water slide faces 'long road to recovery'

The 8-year-old has been identified as Sawyer Warner.