Youth in critical condition after setting self on fire

Wade Young

Montgomery Messenger

A 16-year-old youth from Montgomery was severely burned in the early morning hours, Saturday, Aug. 12.

According to Montgomery Police Chief John Schmidt, the police department responded to a 911 call in the area of the 200 block of Elm Ave. West of a young man who had been severely burned early Saturday morning.

Schmidt said the youth, using gasoline, had set himself on fire outside of the house, eventually burning 85 percent of his body. He said the incident was not drug-related, and that the youth acted alone. He added too, that the youth's mother was the one who called 911. The youth was taken to Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague by Montgomery Ambulance, then air lifted to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was admitted to the burn unit with mostly third-degree burns. As of Tuesday, he was listed in extremely critical condition.

The Montgomery Police Department is still investigating the incident. The Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department also assisted on the scene.


Three levels of burns

• First-degree burns affect only the outer layer of the skin. They cause pain, redness, and swelling.

• Second-degree (partial thickness) burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of skin. They cause pain, redness, swelling, and blistering.

• Third-degree (full thickness) burns extend into deeper tissues. They cause white or blackened, charred skin that may be numb.

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