Toowoomba teenagers Matthew Richards and Paris Turkington are recovering in hospital from serious burns.
Toowoomba teenagers Matthew Richards and Paris Turkington are recovering in hospital from serious burns.

Community shows support for teenage burn victims

UPDATE: Toowoomba teenagers Paris Turkington and Matthew Richards have the thoughts and prayers of the community with them as they recover from horrific burns suffered at a Harristown party.

A Facebook page set up in support of the 16-year-old girl and 15-year-old boy had more than 1600 likes earlier this evening and a raft of well-wishes from people shocked by the tragic incident.

Paris and Matthew remained in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital today in a serious but stable condition.

Witnesses are being sought to help police work out how accelerant ended up on an open fire causing serious burns to the teens.

We are taking statements of all the persons who were there so police can paint a clearer picture of what happened

Darling Downs district crime group officer Detective Acting Inspector Paul McCusker said he wanted anyone involved in Saturday night's incident to call police or Crime Stoppers.

"Accelerant was poured onto an open fire which resulted in two of these people suffering significant burns," Det. Act. Insp. McCusker said.

"We are taking statements of all the persons who were there so police can paint a clearer picture of what happened."

He would not comment on whether or not the person who poured the accelerant on the fire would be charged.

The woman who lives at the Melody Dr home said she travelled to Brisbane early today to be with the families of the injured teens.

"I'm just really upset because this is a terrible situation," she said.

She said three parties had been hosted at the home in the past three years.

She said the families of the injured teens were dealing with the situation as best they could.

Meanwhile, the mother of a girl who was at the party said her daughter was undergoing counselling after witnessing the incident.

Two teenagers were injured when a boy allegedly poured an accelerant onto a bonfire.
Two teenagers were injured when a boy allegedly poured an accelerant onto a bonfire. Nine News

MONDAY 1PM: Two teenagers burnt in an incident early Sunday morning remain in a serious but stable condition in a Brisbane hospital.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Brisbane Hospital said the conditions of the two teenagers - a girl, 16, and a boy, 15 - had remained unchanged overnight.

MONDAY 9AM: Harristown resident Lyndel Sheedy had a feeling something terrible was going to happen when she went to bed while a teenage party was going on next door.

Her fears eventuated within half an hour of turning in for the night.

A 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy had been seriously burnt when a boy at the party threw accelerant onto a backyard fire shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Bystanders at the Melody Dr home acted quickly to remove the cover from a backyard pool and throw the girl in to extinguish the flames.

She suffered serious burns to 60 per cent of her body while the boy suffered serious burns to 40 per cent of his body.

They were rushed to Toowoomba Hospital before being flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital.

A police officer waits in front of the Harristown home where four teenagers were injured in a bonfire explosion.
A police officer waits in front of the Harristown home where four teenagers were injured in a bonfire explosion. Kevin Farmer

A Department of Community Safety spokeswoman said two other teenagers also received minor injuries in the explosion.

Mrs Sheedy said she and her husband had been frustrated by the teenage parties held at her neighbour's house.

"I said to my husband something bad was going to happen," Mrs Sheedy said.

Another Melody Dr resident, who did not want to be named, said her daughter was at the party and witnessed the horrible incident.

She said it had proved very traumatic for her.

"I'm in shock because it could have been my daughter," she said.

Investigations are continuing.

SUNDAY 11AM: A 16-YEAR-OLD girl has suffered serious burns to her face and body after a bonfire explosion in a Harristown backyard.

A Department of Community Safety spokeswoman said the girl suffered burns to 60 per cent of her body, face and neck, while a 15-year-old boy suffered serious burns to 40 per cent of his body.

A neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said the girl was sitting on someone's lap during a party at the house when a boy threw accelerant on the fire.

She said bystanders pulled back a pool cover before throwing the girl in the water to douse the flames.

The girl and boy were taken to Toowoomba Hospital before being airlifted to the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

The spokeswoman said two other people from the scene were treated for minor injuries.

SUNDAY 8AM: Police are investigating an incident that occurred early this morning where four teenagers have sustained burn injuries.

At 12.20am police received information that four teenagers had been injured while at a party on Melody Dr, Harristown.

Initial investigations indicate that a flammable substance caught alight as it was poured onto an open fire.

A girl and boy were taken to the Toowoomba Hospital for treatment.

Their condition was this morning listed as serious but stable.

Two other teenage boys also received serious injuries.

Investigations are continuing.  



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