Man dies in fire at Glastonbury Festival site

The individual suffered severe burns, police say

A man has died at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm after a fire broke out on Monday night (June 20).

The unnamed individual, thought to be in his 20s, suffered severe burns, the police have confirmed. The incident came as festival organiser prepared for this year’s event, which starts this week.

In a statement issued to the press, a spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said this morning: “We were called by the fire service after reports of a man on fire at the Glastonbury Festival site at about 5.20pm last night”.

“The man suffered serious burns and was taken by air ambulance to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. He was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he sadly later died.”

“The man’s family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time. Our enquiries are continuing but we are treating the death as unexplained and do not believe it to be suspicious.”

Local reports suggest that the fire occurred in the Green Field area and could have been caused by a petrol spill. This has not been confirmed.

NME has approached a press representative of Glastonbury for an official statement.

Glastonbury Festival will open to the public for its 2016 outing on Wednesday (June 22). Adele, Coldplay and Muse headline this year.

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