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Infant suffers extensive burns in accident

DACULA -- An 11-month-old Dacula girl was rushed to an Atlanta hospital Tuesday evening with extensive burn injuries sustained after she accidentally pulled a pot of hot liquid onto herself, officials said.

Gwinnett fire department spokesman Lt. Eric Eberly said an engine was waiting at a red light near the intersection of Dacula and Fence roads when the girl's father approached them frantically at about 5 p.m., the child in his arms. Observing the "extensive burns to the whole body," emergency personnel called for a pediatric rescue helicopter.

That request was denied "due to the current weather conditions," Eberly said.

The girl was ultimately transported via ambulance to the Grady Burn Center in Atlanta. No further information regarding the infant's condition or identity was available Tuesday night, though initial assessment by paramedics noted the "criticalness" of the situation.

Family members told officials only that the child had "pulled a pot of hot liquid onto her while at home." The family was in the process of taking the 11-month-old to the hospital when they spotted the fire truck, Eberly said.