A 15-year-old boy’s leg was set alight when he caught it on electric cables while playing near a railway line.
The teenager was today being treated in hospital following the accident in Coseley, with firefighters saying he is lucky to be alive.
The youngster was climbing along a metal framework above the line near Bayer Street when his foot slipped on to an electric cable, causing his lower leg to set alight.
Firefighters said the boy’s friends had extinguished the flames by the time they arrived on the scene at 7.15pm yesterday.
Paramedics rushed the boy to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he is now recovering.
Firefighter Stuart Smith, from Bilston Red Watch, said: “We understand a group of youths entered the track area by climbing over railings by the side of the bridge.
“One of them attempted to climb down a metal framework above the track and ended up catching his foot on an electric cable.
“Fortunately his friends managed to put out the fire or he could have been in real trouble.
“He is lucky to be alive.”
Reporting the incident via their Twitter page, Bilston Fire Station warned:
Attended a child injured playing on railway in Coseley, he is lucky to be alive. Do not play on railways they are not play grounds— Bilston Fire (@BilstonFire) September 16, 2013