Fire Department Speaks Out Against 'Fire Challenge'

Aug. 4, 2014

A new trend called the "fire challenge" on social media is causing more harm than good.

If you don't know, the challenge is where people set themselves on fire using flammable liquid. One person from Buffalo, New York, has died from the fire challenge

The Charlottesville Fire Department wants to put a stop to it.

“When you're burned, you are scared for life,” says Battalion Chief Rich Jones. “A burn is something that will be there, and the ones that are getting it up high in their airways and their eyes, these are serious injuries. We want to make sure people undertand that this is not a game, and there's no challenge to it. You are going to lose. Whenever you are dealing with fire that is what's going to happen.

Social media sites like Facebook are taking the videos down, so people aren't encouraged to attempt the challenge.

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