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Baby, toddler caught in horror explosion

A baby and a toddler were among three people injured following a bonfire explosion in Victoria’s north on Sunday evening. Photo: 9 News
A baby and a toddler were among three people injured following a bonfire explosion in Victoria’s north on Sunday evening. Photo: 9 News

Two young children have been rushed to hospital after a bonfire exploded in northern Victoria.

Emergency services were called to Industrial Crescent in Nagambie, 122km north of Melbourne, at 7:15pm on Sunday following reports of an explosion at an industrial estate.

They arrived to the block of land to find a woman, a three-year-old child and a three-month old baby suffering burns.

Officers were told the woman and children were “standing in the vicinity of the fire when it exploded”.

A baby and a toddler were among three people injured following a bonfire explosion in Victoria’s north on Sunday evening. Photo: 9 News
Police are investigating whether a fridge was put on the fire . Photo: 9 News
A baby and a toddler were among three people injured following a bonfire explosion in Victoria’s north on Sunday evening. Photo: 9 News
The charred remnants of the fire remain at the scene. Photo: 9 News
A baby and a toddler were among three people injured following a bonfire explosion in Victoria’s north on Sunday evening
The two little girls were taken to hospital for assessment overnight. Photo: 9 News

The two children were taken to Royal Children’s Hospital in a stable condition overnight, while the woman was assessed at the scene.

A man who was also present at the explosion was uninjured.

“Mitchell Crime Investigation Unit detectives will investigate the circumstances surrounding the fire and reports a fridge or white goods item had been placed on the fire prior to the incident,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said in a statement.

Police are expected to refer the matter to the Environmental Protection Agency and local council.

Anyone with information, dashcam footage or who may have witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.