Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said the boys had just cut down trees near a home on Patrician Way and were trying to burn debris when they poured fuel on the debris to create a fire.
It flashed back on them, severely burning 17-year-old Joshua Strickland in the face and arms. Sheriff Harrison says Strickland, who lives at the home on Patrician Way, was taken to Chapel Hill for treatment. Sixteen-year-old Devin Simonson, of Maxton, NC, was treated at the scene.
Sheriff Harrison said it was an accident and advised people not to spray gas on a fire.