Young man dies after catching on fire at Glastonbury

He was airlifted to hospital yesterday afternoon


Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed that a man in his 20s has died today in hospital after suffering “severe burns” on the Glastonbury festival site.

At around 5:10pm yesterday, emergency services were called to Worthy Farm, Pilton, and the man was airlifted to the Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

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A GWAA spokeswoman said: “We were called at 5.09pm to reports of person with burns. We flew there in around 14 minutes with a critical Care paramedic and a critical care doctor on board.

“Once at the scene the Team provided critical care to the male patient and airlifted him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Birmingham.”

Unconfirmed reports state that the fire is believed to have been in the Green Field area and to have involved a petrol spillage.

Due to the mud, vehicles struggled to get to the scene and firefighters efforts were “hampered”.

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A member of staff currently at Glastonbury said she had seen a medical ambulance fly overhead, and that there was speculation throughout the site as to what had happened.

A fund has been set up to raise money for the man’s family.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and Glastonbury have declined to comment at this stage, directing any enquiries to the Avon and Somerset Police.

The Police are treating the death as “unexplained” and do not believe there were suspicious circumstances.