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Maryland Officials Warn of Dangerous Fire Challenge

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Photos are stills from a YouTube video of the "Fire Challenge." Courtesy: CBS Photos are stills from a YouTube video of the "Fire Challenge." Courtesy: CBS
 STATEWIDE, Md. (WBOC) – Maryland officials are warning about a potentially deadly activity known as the “Fire Challenge” that has caused several victims to receive serious burns throughout the country. 

According to the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, victims have been videotaping themselves pouring a liquid accelerant on their body and setting themselves on fire, later posting the videos on social media sites. 

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said there have been no reports of injuries from this challenge in Maryland, however they are not taking the matter lightly. 

“We want to be proactive,” said Bouch. “Anytime something like this happens we jump on it because we do not want these injuries to occur. When they do, they not only happen to that victim, but also the victim’s friends and family.”

Several emergency rooms across the country have reported treating victims with significant burns to their upper torso and extremities. In Buffalo, New York, a 15-year-old boy died after being burned in the “Fire Challenge.”

“It’s not just a quick ‘put a band-aid on it and let it heal,’ we’re talking potential skin grafts along with weeks, possibly even months of surgery to repair burned skin and scar tissue,” Bouch said.   

Bouch said the Fire Marshal’s office is patrolling Facebook and other social media sites for anyone who is posting videos or photos of the “Fire Challenge.”

For more information on fire safety, log on to the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s website www.mdsp.org/firemarshal or http://facebook.com/MarylandStateFireMarshal.

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