Teens Set Themselves on Fire to Play the "Fire Challenge"

SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va. - A warning to parents about a dangerous game sweeping the internet. It involves teenagers setting themselves on fire.

Mary Marinelli is a mother and is shocked see the videos of kids playing a dare game called the "Fire Challenge."

"Yes, that's really terrifying. I wouldn't even think to do this to my body, not even at that age," said Marinelli, "I think it's stupid and you can really hurt yourself, because I'm a nurse and I see it from a mom side and a nursing side."

The game involves teens putting rubbing alcohol or other kinds of flammable material on their body, then lighting themselves on fire.

Last week, a 15 year-old died from playing the game after seeing it on Facebook, and the game continues to spread all over social media.

Marnelli's husband remembers doing something similar when he was a kid.

"We would hold cologne in our hand and light it on fire and sit there and watch it, then put it out," he says.

Lieutenant Bob Donaldson works with the Waynesboro Fire Department and says that people run the risk of getting serious injuries.

"People are getting second and third degree burns on 80 to 90 percent of their body by doing this stunt. When you get any kind of second or third degree burn, depending on the amount spread throughout your body, you start getting into some life threatening issues," said Donaldson.

He also says that there is a great chance that someone playing the game could accidentally set fire to their home if they're not careful.

Marinelli says that these kinds of games can be stopped, but it starts with the parents.

"It makes me more aware that teenagers can influence on another so easily that's why
you need to have open communication with your kids," said Marinelli.

She thinks communication could help save lives.

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