Dangerous ‘fire challenge’ game spreads online

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FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — The Fishers Fire Department is warning parents about a new online trend called the Fire Challenge.

Young people spread rubbing alcohol all over their bodies and light themselves on fire, and then post a video online using the hashtag #firechallenge. A 15-year-old boy in Lexington, Kentucky suffered second-degree burns after taking part in the challenge. He warned others not to try the dangerous stunt.

“You can get caught on fire and die. Your house can get caught on fire. Wherever you’re at could get caught on fire,” said the boy.

So far, the Indianapolis Fire Department and Fishers Fire Department say no one has been seriously injured playing “the game” in Central Indiana. Still, Captain John Mehling says he believes teens in Indiana are likely taking part.

“My fear is that it’s happening and kids aren’t getting hurt enough to where they’re calling the ambulance. I want to get the word out there that this is going on. Parents please be aware,” said Mehling.

Mehling encourages parents to talk to their children and explain the serious risks before it’s too late.

“They could burn their throat, their lungs, we’re talking life-threatening or severely injuring them that it’s going to be a lifelong issue for them,” said Mehling.

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