Police still trying to uncover how teenager was burned

POLICE say they still don't know how a fire that left a teenage boy in an induced coma began and have renewed an appeal for information from the community.

Isaac Stearn, 14, suffered serious burns when he was found with his torso on fire on Halloween at Sunrise Beach.

He has been in Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane ever since, where he has been kept in an induced coma and undergone several operations.

Sunshine Coast Child Protection Investigation Unit Officer in Charge Detective Senior Sergeant Phil Hurst said information was coming in from the community, but more was needed.

"We haven't yet been able to speak with the boy so at this time we don't know if this has simply been a terrible accident or if it may be something more serious," Det Snr Sgt Hurst said.

"We are asking for anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the parkland off Lipton Street at any time during the late afternoon and into the early evening to contact Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000)."


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