Adelaide man hospitalised after proposing beside bonfire

The marriage proposal of an Adelaide man who had dreamed up a romantic engagement around an open fireplace went horribly wrong: He suffered burns and spent weeks in hospital after trying to start the romantic campfire with an accelerant.

Adam Boots is recovering from burns to his face, arms and legs six months after attempting to propose to her by the fire.

Some time later, the father of two managed to propose to her from his hospital bed.

“I just bent down and leaned forward and then it exploded around my ears,” he said.

“The pain was quite unbearable, especially in the face.

“Don’t speed up and be very careful.”

It’s not just hopeless romantics who have to beware of campfires this winter.

Last week, Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital raised the alarm about a worrying trend that typically involves young men, bonfires, alcohol and three-day weekends.

Hospital staff have noted an increase in gasoline-fueled incidents over long weekends, typically involving men in their twenties and thirties and alcohol and drug use.

Alfred doctor Stephen Goldie said the recurring theme was striking.

According to the study, the likelihood of getting burnt by gasoline on a holiday is 20 percent higher.

Originally published as ‘Explodes in my face’: Fireside marriage proposal goes seriously wrong

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