Girl, 4, fights for her life after her clothes were set alight by gas fireLittle girl's clothes believed to be ignited by applianceOfficers believe it is a 'tragic accident'
12:03 GMT, 9 December 2012
A four-year-old girl is fighting for her life after her clothes were set alight by a gas fire.
She suffered extensive burns to her face and body when it is thought she walked near to the appliance at a house in Bury, Greater Manchester, yesterday.
Police are currently treating the incident as a 'tragic accident'.
Accident: The four-year-old's clothes were believed to have been set alight when she walked near the gas fire (file picture)
The girl was rushed to hospital, where she is in a critical condition.
Police were called by the ambulance service to the home at about noon.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: 'It is believed that her clothes had caught fire when she walked near to a gas fire.
'She suffered extensive burns and was taken to Manchester Children's Hospital, where she remains in a critical condition.
'Police are still investigating but believe it to be a tragic accident at this stage.'
Investigation: Greater Manchester Police officers say the horrific event appears to be a 'tragic accident' (file picture)
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said two fire engines from Bury fire station attended the scene.
A spokesman said: 'The fire had been confined to the young girl's clothing but she had suffered approximately 60% burns involving her face and body.
'A full investigation into the cause of the incident has now commenced.'