A teenager injured after catching fire at a bonfire remains critical, but his condition is “improving each day”.
The Belfast lad suffered serious injuries at the Ballysillan bonfire in on the Eleventh night.
In a statement to Belfast Live, Jamie Bryson, who represents the child’s mother, said: “The young man remains critical but his condition is improving each day. His family continue to remain by his side for support.
“They wish to thank the medical staff for the excellent care their child is receiving and also those in the media who have respected the IPSO notice issued requesting privacy and advanced any queries in a non-intrusive and sensitive manner.
“It is on this basis this short update is provided.
“They would reiterate that their child should not be named and they have provided no consent for such.”
Speaking after the incident, the fire service said: “The NIFRS attended the incident in the early hours of this morning and administered first aid to the casualty until paramedics from the ambulance service arrived to support him.”
PSNI Superintendent Henry added: “Police received a report at around 00:30am that a male had sustained burn injuries. As a result of the incident, he sustained burns to his face and body. He remains in hospital for his injuries.
“Our enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident. We are aware that there were a number of people in the area at the time of the incident, so we would appeal to them to come forward to assist with our enquiries.
“We are also aware of social media footage that has been posted online in relation to this incident. We would ask that it is not shared, but to contact police with any information they might have.
“We would ask that anyone with any information in relation to the incident, should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 76 12/07/21. You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”