Girl, four, burned in fire accident

A toddler is fighting for her life in what police say was a 'tragic accident' after her clothes caught fire

A toddler is fighting for her life in what police say was a 'tragic accident' after her clothes caught fire

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A four-year-old girl is fighting for her life after her clothes were set alight by a gas fire.

She suffered extensive burns to her face and body when it is thought she walked near to the appliance at a house in Bury, Greater Manchester, yesterday.

Police are currently treating the incident as a "tragic accident".

The girl was rushed to hospital, where she is in a critical condition.

Police were called by the ambulance service to the address in Horne Street at about noon.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "It is believed that her clothes had caught fire when she walked near to a gas fire.

"She suffered extensive burns and was taken to Manchester Children's Hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.

"Police are still investigating but believe it to be a tragic accident at this stage."

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said two fire engines from Bury fire station attended the scene.

A spokesman said: "The fire had been confined to the young girl's clothing but she had suffered approximately 60% burns involving her face and body. A full investigation into the cause of the incident has now commenced."

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