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Teen Sets Himself on Fire in Santa Ana, Suffers Serious Burns

A 16-year-old teenager suffered first- and second-degree burns Friday after authorities say he attempted to set himself on fire, possibly in an attempt to complete a challenge being disseminated on the Internet, officials said.

Screenshots from online videos apparently show teens participating in the "fire challenge" trend. (Credit: via YouTube)

Screenshots from online videos apparently show teens participating in the “fire challenge” trend. (Credit: via YouTube)

The boy, who was not identified, had poured rubbing alcohol across his chest before lighting himself on fire, according to Capt. Mike Summers, of the Orange County Fire Authority.

The teen was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with burns on his face, neck and hips, and was in “moderate” and “stable” condition Saturday, Summers said.

Investigators didn’t specify how the 16-year-old lit himself on fire, but Summers said rubbing alcohol reacts to fire “similar to gasoline.”

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