A 12-year-old girl is in the intensive care unit suffering from severe burns as a result of participating in a dangerous YouTube challenge.
Brandi Owens told Fox 2 Detriot that on Friday, she was making pancakes for her daughter Timiyah Landers and her two girlfriends who were hanging out at their home in Michigan. She went to take a nap and woke up minutes later to the sound of a small explosion.
Owens came out of the room and saw that her daughter was on fire.
"She came running up my hallway on fire from her knees to her hair," she said. "She looked like a fireball. She was yelling, 'Help me.'"
Owens' finance Marquell Sholar, quickly put the child in the bathtub and sprayed her down with water before rushing her to the hospital. Owens ripped her daughter's clothes, which were engulfed in flames, off with her bare hands.
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“I was reaching through the fire,” Owens said, who burned her hands. “It was like a reflex. . . . I didn’t even feel the fire, I was just saving my daughter.”
While at the hospital, Timiyah's friends admitted they had been doing the fire challenge, a YouTube challenge where people douse themselves with rubbing alcohol and set themselves on fire.
"These kids are trying these YouTube challenges," Owens said, "that's where they get this challenges is YouTube, and they're trying it with their friends."
Timiyah reportedly suffered from severe burns over 49 percent of her body. She's covered from "head-to-toe" in bandages and is expected to be hospitalized for several months.
She was supposed to start seventh grade next week.
According to The Washington Post, the fire challenge started appearing on YouTube and Facebook about four years ago, and unsurprisingly, Timiyah isn't the first person to get seriously injured because of it.
A 15-year-old Kentucky teen suffered second-degree burns in 2014, and a month later, a 16-year-old in California poured nail polish remover on his chest and set himself on fire. He was hospitalized with second- and third-degree burns.
Even more shockingly, a mother in North Carolina was arrested that same year for helping her 16-year-old son try the fire challenge.
Owens said one of her daughter's friends had tried the challenge at home and only suffered minor burns. She told Timiyah that "you just have to by water" when doing the challenge. Owens wants the fire challenge videos to be taken down.
“Monitor these kids, especially with these phones, and if I could after with this happening – my kids would never be able to be on social media. No more iPhones. Nothing.”
To donate to help her family pay Timiyah's medical bills, visit their GoFundMe page.
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