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Man fighting for life in Alice burnout horror now 'stable'


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IMAGE: Jay Marafioti and Chaise Bouchere recover in Alice Springs hospital (Facebook)

A man left fighting for life after a crowd was sprayed with flaming fuel as a car did a burnout during the Red CentreNATS in Alice Springs on Sunday afternoon is now reportedly in a stable condition.

Three others remain in hospital in Adelaide with serious burn.

Fourteen people were injured in the incident, with Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner describing vision of the incident as "distressing".

Four of the injured, including a 48-year-old man and his 19-year-old son who suffered burns to their face and arms, were airlifted to Adelaide while the others were treated in Alice Springs.

Medical officials said on Monday that six of those remained in hospital and four had since been discharged.

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IMAGE: Jye Mullins recovering in Alice Springs hospital (Facebook)

Police and NT WorkSafe are investigating but Mr Gunner warned against a "knee- jerk" reaction to cancel the fixture in future.

The Red CentreNATS features a variety of events from car displays to street cruises, stunt driving demonstrations and the burnout competition and brings a significant number of visitors to Alice Springs from across the country.

"Our priority at the moment is looking after the injured and then learning from what's occurred," Mr Gunner said.

"I think it's really important that you don't take knee-jerk reactions to this.

"We'll take a deep breath, we'll look at what's occurred and we'll respond appropriately to that."

Superintendent Bradley Currie said police had attended at the burnout incident and had taken a number of witness statements.

He said officers would work with NT WorkSafe officials as part of the investigation.

Mr Gunner said all those injured received the best possible care with offers of assistance coming from Darwin and Melbourne as well as Adelaide.

"It was obviously unexpected and the community responded magnificently," he said.

"The vision is obviously distressing and all of us, our thoughts went out to those who were injured and their families and friends."

The four patients airlifted to SA were admitted to the old Royal Adelaide Hospital but were expected to be moved to the new Royal Adelaide within the next couple of days as part of an exercise to transfer more than 300 patients to the new $2.4 billion facility.

SA Health Minister Jack Snelling said the incident in Alice Springs was a "terrible tragedy" and confirmed the injured would be moved at a time when clinicians considered it appropriate.