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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • 9-year-old seriously burned in Carrier Mills

  • Friends are planning a benefit spaghetti dinner and have set up a bank account to help the family of Joe Giscombe, 9, with costs of his treatment. Giscombe's mother is Jennifer Glass.
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  • At about 7:45 p.m. Thursday a nine-year-old Carrier Mills boy was severely burned in what appears to be an accident.
    Friends are planning a benefit spaghetti dinner and have set up a bank account to help the family of Joe Giscombe, 9, with costs of his treatment. Giscombe’s mother is Jennifer Glass.
    Sometime between 7:40 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. two boys, a seven-year-old and Giscombe, were apparently playing with a can of gasoline and a lighter in the 500 block of North Mill Street when the incident occurred.
    Carrier Mills Police Sergeant and Public Information Officer Billy Duncan said police understand gasoline was spilled on the ground and was ignited by one of the children. Giscombe was burned on the legs when the gasoline caught fire and the grandfather of the other boy grabbed Giscombe and extinguished the flames. The grandparents carried Giscombe to his home and Giscombe’s mother called 911, according to the Glass family. Duncan said police are investigating.
    Giscombe was taken to Harrisburg Medical Center and then later transported by ambulance to St. John’s Mercy in St. Louis. He is suffering from severe burns to his left leg and flash burns on his right leg. The child will need to be seen several times a week at the hospital.
    Carrier Mills resident Eric Fodor, is setting up a bank account for donations to the family at the Carrier Mills branch of the Bank of Marion. The account should be open for donations in the early part of this week. Until then, anyone wishing to contribute donations to the family for the expenses of travel may bring them to the Carrier Mills Public Library and the librarians, Beth Thomason and Tamara Hays, will see to it that they reach Giscombe’s mother.
    Another Carrier Mills resident, Veronica Parks, is organizing a spaghetti dinner benefit to be held at the Carrier Mills Municipal Building 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23 to help raise funds for the expenses the family is facing.
    Parks said there will be a raffle of men’s, women’s and children’s gift baskets at the benefit and anyone who cannot attend the benefit but wishes to buy a raffle ticket may contact her to purchase one.

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