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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.

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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.

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