Glastonbury 2016: man dies in fire-related incident

Petrol spillage believed to be cause of blaze that left man in his 20s severely burned before being airlifted to hospital, where he died

A man has died after suffering serious burns at the Glastonbury festival.

The man, who is in his 20s, was airlifted from Worthy Farm in Somerset on Monday evening after catching on fire. He later died in hospital after suffering significant burns, Avon and Somerset police said.

A police spokesman said: We were called by the fire service after reports of a man on fire at the Glastonbury festival site at about 5.20pm last night.

The man suffered serious burns and was taken by air ambulance to Southmead hospital in Bristol. He was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, where he sadly later died.

The fire is believed to have involved a petrol spillage and the ambulance helicopter was seen landing in the Green Fields area of the farm.

However, firefighters reportedly found it too difficult to get to the victim because of the mud and floods that are currently hampering the site after days of rain.

The police spokesman added: The mans family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time.

Our enquiries are continuing but we are treating the death as unexplained and do not believe it to be suspicious.

The fatal accident comes just two days before the festival opens its gates to ticketholders on Wednesday morning.

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