Rochester Fire Department investigating a case of "fire challenge"

Updated: 08/01/2014 5:31 PM
Created: 08/01/2014 4:41 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

It is a dangerous trend and it has made its way to Rochester. It involves young people setting themselves on fire. 

Videos of the “fire challenge” have spread on social media sites, like Twitter. The Rochester Fire Department is investigating at least one case of a teen having serious injuries after doing what is known as the “fire challenge”.

There are videos on YouTube showing teens rubbing a flammable liquid on themselves and lighting it on fire.

Scott Miller, Chili Fire Marshal, said, “It is becoming too common and it seems like common sense, but teens and young adults are doing this on a dare." 

It is called the “fire challenge”. The idea is to get the fire out before you get hurt. There is even a hash tag on Twitter.

Lt. William Jackson, Rochester Fire Department, said, “The real truth is it is going to burn before they can actually put it out. They are going to have some type of second or third degree burns.”

This challenge is happening in Rochester.

Lt. Jackson said, “Teens tend to look at social media and follow that. They think because they see one incident where someone does it and doesn't get hurt, they think it is safe for them to do. If they did it, I can do it, so it creates an extremely dangerous situation for us.”

On Thursday, firefighters and EMTs were called to a high rise off North Clinton Avenue for reports of a teen girl burnt. The teen was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries. Around the country, there has been at least one death, in Philadelphia, after a teen did the “fire challenge”.

Lt. Jackson says what these teens don't realize is how quickly this can hurt you.

Lt. Jackson said, “These types of burns happen very quickly. These liquids that they use, the various types, have the ability to accelerate the rate in which they burn, so it is very dangerous. It is not a challenge, it is a death trap.”

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