A Hamburg man was badly burned while starting a small fire in his yard over the weekend and had to be transported by helicopter for medical treatment.

Hamburg Fire Chief Tim Hollis said the Hamburg Fire Department, ProMed Ambulance and Ashley County Sheriff’s office all responded to a call in the Promiseland Community on Ashley 70 on Saturday night.

“A young man was trying to start a campfire in his back yard, and he was using gasoline and nothing went his way,” Hollis said. 

Hollis said the victim was airlifted from the scene of the fire to Little Rock, but he is expected to survive. 

The victim was airlifted at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night and as of Monday morning he was reported to be in stable condition. 

“He received first and second degree burns and he’s got a lot of recovering to do, but it looks like he is going to be alright,” Hollis said. 

Ashley County Sheriff Tommy Sturgeon said that the incident was ruled as an accident, but declined to release the victim’s name.

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