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An eight-year-old boy suffered horrific burns after an ethanol-fuelled remote controlled toy car he was playing with burst into flames.
Omar Awad was playing with the toy in the backyard of his Sydney home around 10pm when the toy suddenly exploded.
His father, Khalid Awad, said “I found my wife and a couple of visitors just screaming, and I ran to the backyard and found fire on my son’s body,” Mr Awad told 9NEWS.
Omar was rushed to hospital in a critical condition. He suffered burns from his neck to the bottom of his stomach, and on his arms and hands.
“He was talking to me. He was saying, ‘sorry Dad, sorry’,” Mr Awad said.
“I said to him, ‘you’re not sorry, I am the one who should be sorry, I should be with you all the time’”.
KidSafe have warned the accident is a timely reminder for all parents to ensure their children are playing with age-appropriate toys.
“Toys that involve fuel are designed for adults, not children,” she told 9NEWS.
“Make sure that fuel is locked away, out of sight, and don’t let them watch you re-fuel, so they can’t copy you.”
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