Teenage girl suffers serious burns at bonfire


A bonfire party in Washington County takes a tragic turn when a high schooler ends up with serious burns.

Authorities and the community are seeking witnesses and answers after a girl was badly burned at the party.

It’s a joyful time of year at Salem Central School with students looking forward to summer break, and seniors to graduation.

“It would be terrible to have something tragic to mar that for a kids life,” David Glover, Salem Superintendent of Schools, said.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened late Friday night when a bonfire took a terrifying turn.

“Our officers they found a young female was burned over about 35 percent of her body,” Washington County Undersheriff John Winchell said.

Undersheriff Winchell says the girl was flown to Westchester after friends dropped her off to her parents.

A parent NEWS10 ABC spoke with over the phone suspects underage drinking and a fear of getting busted, kept teens from getting immediate help.

Undersheriff Winchell says underage drinking is unacceptable but saving someone’s life is always the priority.

“There’s no such thing as drinking responsibly.”

Who provided alcohol, if any, and where the bonfire took place are still mysteries. Glover hopes it doesn’t stay that way.

If you or your teen might have information, you’re encouraged to come forward to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Bonfire safety tips.

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