SURREY, British Columbia (AP) - Police in Surrey, British Columbia, say a hot air balloon caught fire and crashed to the ground this evening (Friday evening), injuring as many as eleven people. Two other people were unaccounted for.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sergeant Roger Morrow said people who had been riding in the balloon suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to hospitals in the nearby Vancouver area.
He said 15 ambulances, two air ambulances and eight fire trucks raced to the scene at Hazelmere Trailer Park.
Witnesses said the balloon's basket burst into flames shortly after takeoff.
The balloon reportedly took off from a grassy field with 12 passengers and the pilot in clear weather.
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