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Alabama teen dies after trying to start fire

An Alabama teenager who was burned while trying to start a fire has died.

Posted: Jan. 22, 2018 11:27 AM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama teenager who was burned while trying to start a fire has died.

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Randy Christian tells news outlets that authorities were notified by a hospital social worker that the teenager suffered severe burns and would be taken off life support.

News outlets report the teenager was taken to a hospital, where he died Thursday.

Authorities haven't released the teenager's identity.

Christian says an investigation found that the teenager and other juveniles were trying to ignite some type of paper near a deck of a home.

Authorities say the victim picked up a five gallon can of gasoline and dumped it on the small fire when the paper didn't burn rapidly enough. The gasoline exploded and showered the victim with flames.

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