A 12-year-old Queens boy set himself on fire while trying to imitate a YouTube “fire challenge,” police said.
The child doused himself with rubbing alcohol at his home on Watjean Court in Far Rockaway shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday and then set himself ablaze with a lighter, according to the NYPD.
After setting himself on fire he ran out of the home and was extinguished by his neighbor, according to the NYPD.
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He had burns on his upper body and was taken to Nassau County Medical Center in critical condition, police said.
A “fire challenge” is a stunt in which participants voluntarily set themselves on fire for a short time while filming. There are dozens of videos on YouTube showing people participating in the stunt.