FREEDOM, N.H. (AP) – The conditions of two Boston-area women are improving after they were seriously burned in a bonfire accident in New Hampshire on New Year’s Eve.

Erin Swords and Carolyn Kerr were both reported in fair condition Saturday at Maine Medical Center after being flown to the hospital in critical condition early New Year’s Day.

Officials say the most severely burned was Swords, who suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns.

There was no information Saturday on where in the Boston area Swords and Kerr live. Both were part of a group of graduates from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., at a party at a lakeside home in Freedom, N.H.

Police Chief Josh Shackford says their clothing caught fire when a fellow reveler tried to re-ignite a dying fire with lantern fuel.


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