Teenager suffers second-degree burns in 'fire challenge'

jmadden@herald-leader.comJuly 26, 2014 

A 15-year-old is recovering from injuries suffered during a fire prank Friday.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said officers were called to the 3600 block of Appian Way to assist the city's fire department for a teenager who had burned himself.

Fire department Battalion Chief Joe Best said the teen, whose name was not given, was participating in a "fire challenge," which has become popular online. The prank involves pouring a flammable liquid, usually rubbing alcohol, on your body and setting yourself on fire. The teenager saw the prank on YouTube.

The teenager suffered second-degree burns, Roberts said. A special injury report was given to the Kentucky Cabinet of Children and Family Services, which will determine whether charges will be filed, she said.

Justin Madden: (859) 231-3197. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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