All but one student burned in Alki Beach bonfire mishap released from hospital

People douse a burned young man who was one of five injured in a bonfire explosion at Alki Beach Monday night. (Photo credit: Patrick Robinson / West Seattle Herald)

All but one of the five high school students burned in an Alki Beach bonfire accident were being released from Harborview Medical Center Tuesday.

One will remain in the hospital to be treated for more severe burn injuries. He is listed in satisfactory condition. 

Five teenagers were burned, two seriously, at Alki Beach Monday night when one person threw an accelerant into a  bonfire, causing the blaze to erupt, police and fire department officials said.

Four teenage boys and one girl — seniors from Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way — were transported to Harborview Medical Center following the incident.

Two of the injured had first- and second-degree burns on their arms and face and were in serious condition. The other three had less serious injuries.

Susan Gregg, spokeswoman for Harborview, said that three of the four patients were being released Tuesday. One patient was released Monday evening and one patient, listed in satisfactory condition.

A fire department spokesman said he wasn't sure what kind of accelerant was thrown into the bonfire. A student from Thomas Jefferson who is friends with the injured said it was lighter fluid.

“That wasn`t smart at all,” said the student, Kenny Holt. “I don`t know why someone would pull out lighter fluid.”

Paramedics who responded say when the fire blew, hot embers went flying and huge flames burst into a teenager’s face. He suffered the most severe burns.

The teenagers were said to be celebrating the end of the school year by burning their homework in the bonfire.

The accident happened on Alki Beach at 59th Avenue SW and Alki Avenue SW.