Harris County teen hospitalized after fire challenge goes wrong

By John Brannen - Web Editor

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - A Harris County teen has been hospitalized after setting himself on fire.

It happened at about 3:15 p.m. on the 4400 block of Roving Meadows lane in northeast Harris County.

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

Authorities say the teenager was transported to a local hospital.

"This 'fire challenge' is a growing problem with teenagers, especially those who follow viral fads on social media," Harris County Fire Marshal Mike Montgomery said. "This activity is very dangerous and could leave lasting scars or permanent injuries."

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