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Teen's Attempt To Copy Online Stunt Ignites Dutchess Fire, Police Say

South Center Street in the Village of Millerton.
South Center Street in the Village of Millerton. Photo Credit: Google Maps street view

A 15-year-old's attempt to copy a dangerous online stunt ignited a fire on South Center Street in the Village of Millerton on Thursday, state police said Friday.

The teen doused his finger in rubbing alcohol and then set it on fire while standing at the kitchen sink at about 4:30 p.m., police said. As he panicked, he inadvertently transferred the fire to the rubbing alcohol bottle which exploded and caused his shirt and the kitchen curtains to catch fire, police said.

The boy subsequently ran to a nearby business where a Good Samaritan from the business was able to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher.

The teen was transported by ambulance to Sharon Hospital with burns to his upper torso. He was later transported to Westchester Medical Center for further medical treatment.

The case remains under investigation as the state police warns parents about this dangerous stunt involving accelerants.

Millerton Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene.

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