Lexington teen burns himself copying online stunt

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington teen is recovering after he set himself on fire while performing a dangerous online stunt.

The 15-year-old boy told WKYT he was attempting to take part in something known as a fire challenge, where a person pours alcohol on their skin and lights it on fire. Videos of people doing the challenge have shown up online.

"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 set himself on fire, he said, "I don't know, I wasn't thinking really."

Lexington Police tell us child services have been contacted and they'll also be taking a look into this incident.

Lexington firefighters tell us this case is the first time they've heard of the fire challenge.