Officers save boy, 7, engulfed in flames


The Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Two police officers are being credited with saving the life of a young boy who accidentally set himself on fire while playing with matches.

The officers were on patrol Wednesday night when they spotted the boy running across the street carrying what they thought was a flaming object. The officers quickly realized the boy was on fire.

Officers Jeffrey Fleming and Scott Fura grabbed him and rolled him in wet grass to put the fire out.

The boy suffered second- and third-degree burns on 25 percent of his body and is recovering at University Hospital.

The boy's name has not been released.

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