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Kentucky Teen Views Online Video, Sets Himself On Fire

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Remember When They Used To Lay Down
On The Yellow Line In The Middle Of The Night?

A 15-YR.-OLD LEXINGTON, Kentucky boy was severely burned Friday after he deliberately set himself on fire.  The teen had been viewine online videos, reportedly on Facebook, of people participating in a stunt called Fire Challenge where someone pours alcohol on their skin then sets it alight.

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WKYT-TV is reporting:

“I just poured alcohol on it, and lit it, and it just automatically went and burst,” the teenager, who didn’t want his name used, told us.

Lexington firefighters responded to the home of the boy’s aunt on Appian Way around noon. They treated him for burns and took him to UK Hospital.

The teenager said one thing the videos never showed was the ending, once the person was no longer on fire. He says he now knows how dangerous it can be. Lexington firefighters hope others hear his message and don’t try to copy it.

“What they don’t show at the end of the videos is the consequences of doing this, getting second and third degree burns,” Lexington Fire Department Captain Chris Harrod said.

When we asked the teenager what he thought would happen when he let himself on fire, he said, “I don’t know, I wasn’t thinking really.”

WKYT also filed this video report:

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