11-year-old Florida boy sets himself ablaze in 'fire challenge' game

Published On: Aug 06 2014 12:01:25 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 01 2014 06:53:43 AM EDT

An 11-year-old boy is in the hospital after engaging in a game called "fire challenge."

CLEWISTON, Fla. -

An 11-year-old boy is recovering at Kendall Regional Hospital after playing the so-called "fire challenge," a game in which people douse themselves with alcohol, light themselves on fire and post the video on Facebook, YouTube or other social media outlets.

The boy, Derick Robinson, told WPLG-TV in Miami that he was playing with his older brother and three other friends Tuesday at their home in Clewiston. Robinson said his cousin showed him a video on Facebook showing a teen lighting himself on fire; Robinson admitted he wanted to try it.

Robinson's mother, Keyesta Pouch, said she was asleep in another room when she heard her son's screams. She said she found him in the shower after having burned himself.

Robinson was rushed to an area hospital and then transferred to the burn unit at Kendall Regional Hospital.

Robinson's message to other kids: Don't play the game.

"Some people die from it, and it [hurts] real bad," he said.

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