A 7-year-old boy was among four people seriously injured Saturday in an explosion and fire in an SUV.
At 3:24 p.m., an explosion was reported in an SUV at World Liquors, 606 N. 15th St. When the Fort Dodge Fire Department arrived, the vehicle was completely engulfed in flames, according to the FDFD.
The vehicle had four occupants at the time of the explosion:
• 21-year-old woman with burns in critical condition.
• 7-year-old male with burns in critical condition.
• 24-year-old male with serious burns.
• 23-year-old woman with minor injuries.
The two critically ill patients were transported by air ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals Burn Unit. The 24-year-old man was transported to the IU Burn Unit by ground ambulance. The woman with minor injuries was treated at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center.
The fire is believed to have been caused by vehicle occupants using butane inside the SUV and an occupant lighting a lighter, creating the explosion and fire.
The identities of those involved have not been released.
The incident remains under investigation.
FDFD was assisted on scene by the Fort Dodge Police Department.