Huntersville firefighters seek donations to help 3-year-old burn victim

Police and fire personnel in Huntersville are asking the public to help pay the medical bills of a 3-year-old boy who suffered serious burns last week.

The child, Griffin Luthart, is the son of Huntersville police Sgt. Brian Luthart.

Bill Suthard, a spokesman for the Huntersville Fire Department, said Griffin was injured Saturday evening when a lantern exploded during a family outing. He was burned on his right arm and right leg and was airlifted to N.C. Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill.

The boy has undergone extensive surgery, Suthard said.

Huntersville police got temporary housing for family members in Chapel Hill until longer-term housing was established at the Ronald McDonald House.

Suthard said police and fire organizations have paid some of the costs, “but we cannot do it alone.”

“The treatment and temporary housing is going to be expensive,” Suthard said.

Updates on Griffin’s condition are being provided on the Huntersville Fire Department Facebook page.