Dad saw daughter, 10, ‘go up in flames’ after gas tank explodes at pool party

A father watched in horror as his 10-year-old daughter was engulfed in flames after a faulty propane tank exploded at a family pool party.

Isla Clare Cook, 10, suffered second and third degree burns leaving 46 Per Cent of her body severely damaged and requiring expert treatment.

The young aspiring gymnast was rushed to hospital on on June 6 and transferred to Arizona Burn Centre in Phoenix.

It's hoped Isla will be moved to the local children's hospital in a month.

However if her condition does not improve, she may require skin grafts from cadavers and will be forced to stay in the burn unit for many more months.

The youngster has spent days on a ventilator with her burns tended to by staff and will undergo surgery operations to assess the true damage to her body.

Isla's parents, Alyssa and Justin Cook, described how their daughter was engulfed by "ten-foot flames" as she was set ablaze by a "leaking propane tank" at a social gathering at the family home in Peoria.

In a post on Alyssa's Instagram page she wrote: "She has a team of angels helping her and surrounding her. I am so thankful and in awe of the people who work here in the burn unit.

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"Because of Isla’s injuries she has a full time constant nurse that is always by her side helping her. I love them."

In her latest update on Tuesday Isla's mum said that she was out of a course of surgery and they were waiting for news from the doctors.

"Thank you everyone for being so supportive, generous, and above all, kind," she wrote.

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"We have been completely blown away by how much everyone has shown up, in all kinds of ways, for the Cook Family."

Isla, the eldest of five siblings, described as "always thinking of others" while dedicating hours each day to gymnastics and hailed as a "rock star" by her family.

A fundraiser has been launched by Katelyn William to raise money for Isla's treatment and currently stands at just under $I00,000.

In a moving statement on the GoFundMe page Isla's family ask for public support with concerns that her treatment could be "astronomical", and likely to exceed over $200,000.

Speaking to her dad Justin Cook said: "It's tragic, an absolute tragic situation. Watching my daughter go up in flames, it's the hardest thing I ever had to do."

If you would like to donate then you can visit the fundraiser here.

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