CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (CBS St. Louis) — A 12-year-old girl is the latest victim to suffer horrific burns taking part of the “fire challenge” she saw on Facebook and YouTube.
Daisey Schumer tells KFVS-TV that she was lit on fire after someone poured perfume on her.
“This person poured the perfume on my stomach and then I told her to stop. Then she lit the lighter and I was rolling on the ground, trying to get it out and it burned my back,” Daisey told KFVS.
Daisey and her friend, Danielle Carter, said they saw “fire challenge” videos before on Facebook and YouTube.
“They poured alcohol on them and then they lit the lighter,” Daisey told KFVS of the videos she saw.
Daisey was hospitalized after suffering severe burns on her back from the “fire challenge.”
Cape Girardeau Fire Battalion Chief Mark Starnes said they are getting reports of more people going to the emergency room over this challenge.
“These kids are starting to challenge themselves more and more in a very dangerous way,” Starnes told KFVS.
Starnes added: “We are starting to get more and more people that are confirmed going to the ER and we’ve had one confirmed death.”
In Kentucky, a 15-year-old boy is recovering after also suffering burns lighting himself on fire in part of the challenge.
Videos of the “Fire Challenge” show people spraying themselves with aerosol cans before lighting portions of their body on fire in order to singe off their own hair.
Cape Girardeau authorities are conducting an investigation into the incident.