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Brian Nicholson, Deseret Morning News
Keith Webb, left, and Dean Tracy look over damage after firefighters doused a blaze at Tracy's home Thursday in Roy. Tracy's son was badly burned in the fire and flown to a local hospital.

ROY — A 15-year-old boy was burned on over 70 percent of his body following a fire at his house Thursday.

The boy and two of his friends were at the home at 4133 S. 2225 West about noon when the fire started.

Officials said the trio were near a shed in the backyard when the teen's clothes caught fire near his feet, with the flames quickly racing up his clothes.

His friends tried to pat the fire out, suffering burns to their hands.

The fire reached some gas cans stored in the back, causing several small explosions. The fire ultimately destroyed one boat, two ATVS and the entire north side of the house. The rest of the home sustained water damage.

Officials said the two friends were still struggling to extinguish the fire on the teen's body when a man passing by stopped to help after seeing the huge plume of smoke

He covered the youth with a blanket and comforted him until rescue crews arrived.

The youth was flown to the University Hospital's burn center. His friends were taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.

Fire officials are continuing to investigate the cause.


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