Living Nativity actor suffers burns in mishap

A performer in Thursday night's season debut of the Living Nativity at Cathedral of Joy in Richland suffered burns to his hands and face.

Kendall Kaiser, director of connectional ministries for the church, said the 20-year-old man was burned as a result of standing too close to a fire on the set.

The annual outdoor pageant with a cast of more than 200 is a re-enactment of the birth of Christ, and December temperatures in Bethlehem can drop below freezing.

"His clothes caught fire, and he suffered second-degree burns on a hand and first-degree burns on his chest and face," Kaiser said.

The man, whose name was not available, was taken by ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Kaiser said.

"We're very glad his injuries were not severe and that he's doing well," Kaiser said. "We make safety a priority when we're doing the pageant, and the response to this accident was immediate."

The Living Nativity will be staged tonight and Saturday night, then resume Dec. 20-23.