Glastonbury fan dies after suffering 'significant burns'

Glastonbury's muddy grounds made it difficult to get help to a man on fire. Photo / Getty Images
Glastonbury's muddy grounds made it difficult to get help to a man on fire. Photo / Getty Images

A man is dead after suffering "significant burns" at the Glastonbury music festival, days before it's due to begin.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the man - thought to be a festival-goer - is believed to have caught fire in the Green Field as a result of a petrol spillage.

Firefighters reportedly struggled to get to the man on time on account of the mud and flooding Glastonbury is famed for.

Avon and Somerset police said: "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."

Police are investigating, but the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

The grounds are due to open for the annual Glastonbury festival later today, with patrons reporting floods, rain and heavy traffic around the site.

Adele, Coldplay and Muse will headline this year's festival, which will be attended by around 175,000 fans.

- NZ Herald

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