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Los Angeles Child Plays With Lighter and Gets Burned

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A 6-year-old girl in Los Angeles was playing with a lighter at her home when her clothes caught on fire. She ran out of her house and caught the attention of a 17-year-old neighbor by her screams. He was able to wrap her in a towel to extinguish the fire.

Firefighters and Paramedics arrived at a single-family residence to find a severely burned 6 year-old female, conscious and alert, however, in excruciating pain. The child had suffered severe second and third degree burns to her back, chest, and arms and was in critical condition. She was immediately assessed, provided Advanced Life Support treatment and transported Code-3 to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in critical condition.

The fire department credits the quick thinking teenager with saving her life and her home. Arson investigators have investigated and determined that the fire was an accident with no negligence involved.