Twenty-five people injured after walking on hot coals in Switzerland

It is not yet clear why the victims were walking on hot coals.
It is not yet clear why the victims were walking on hot coals. Copyright AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File
By AP with Euronews
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Police in Zurich said 13 people were hospitalised with serious injuries.

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Twenty-five people have been treated for burns after walking on hot coals in northern Switzerland.

Police in the canton of Zurich said they were called to a private event on the Au peninsula on Lake Zurich on Tuesday evening.

"Based on the report received, the ambulance service deployed a large contingent," a police statement read.

"25 people received medical treatment on the spot, 13 of whom had to be hospitalised with serious injuries."

Investigators secured evidence and started a probe into the circumstances of the incident.

Walking over a bed of hot coals barefoot -- also known as fire-walking -- can be used as part of team-building exercises and charity events.

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