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Fire Challenge Trend Puts Teens In Danger

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Teens are moving away from stunts like the Knockout Game to even more dangerous behavior. Now they are purposefully setting themselves on fire, the videos are pretty disturbing!

The Fire Challenge has teens dousing their bodies with flammable liquids and then setting themselves on fire while friends capture it on video. This is all for a few hundred likes and shares on social media.

And many of them are getting severely hurt as not everyone is quick enough to put out the flames.

Dr. Charles Williams say this social media trend is a recipe for disaster.

“Some young people are almost willing to do anything for attention and this is an indication of that,” said Dr. Charles Williams.

Last week, Michael Symonettemalem,14 was treated for second-degree burns after participating in the challenge.

"EMS arrived and found a 14-year-old with burns across his body," said Lt. Dean Hensley with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office. "The patient told investigators that he was playing a 'fire challenge' game by pouring isopropyl alcohol on himself and igniting it with a lighter while standing in the shower."

The teen was taken to Texas Children's Hospital where he was treated for his injury and later released.

Williams says parents should limit their teen's social media activity to intervene with dangerous behavior.

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