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Van explosion may have burned teens, police say

Two teens were in Tampa General Hospital's burn unit Monday night after suffering second-degree burns over 60 to 65 percent of their bodies.

Officials think the injuries may be related to an explosion and fire inside a stolen minivan Sunday on 109th Avenue west of Dixon Street.

Officials said the two teens have not been charged with the theft or the fire, but may have knowledge of the incident, which occurred a short time before the teens checked into the University Community Hospital complaining of the burns.

The stolen 1994 Plymouth Voyager burst into flames after apparently being doused with gasoline about 7:45 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses told authorities they saw two people running from the van, one engulfed in flames. The witnesses helped put out the fire before the two people got into another vehicle and left. Investigators found burned clothing and other items at the scene.

Police said that the teens' injuries are not life threatening but that they are expected to stay at the burn unit up to two weeks.