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Five Vietnamese men seriously burned in petrol challenge

Thursday, March 14, 2019, 14:43 GMT+7
Five Vietnamese men seriously burned in petrol challenge
Two men burned by petrol lie in a hospital in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam, March 13, 2019. Photo: Nguyen Viet / Tuoi Tre

Five men were severely burned after they challenged one another to pour petrol over themselves during a drinking party in the south-central city of Nha Trang on Tuesday.

The five men involved were part of a six-man group that had been drinking beer and grilling fish on a deserted piece of land around 4:25 pm, according to local police.

A statement given to authorities explained that the drinkers had been egging each other on to pour petrol all over their bodies. 

Unfortunately, pouring petrol all over one’s body does not take away any of its flammable properties and the stunt resulted in two of the men catching fire from the nearby grill before spreading the flames to the other three.

Locals quickly rushed over to the group to extinguish the fire and take the five wounded men to a nearby hospital.

Pham Dinh Thanh, deputy head of a hospital department, said two of the men sustained burns on 80 to 90 percent of their bodies, two on 40 to 50 percent of their bodies, and the last on 20 percent of his body.

Four of the most severely burned victims have been transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for better treatment.

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