Teen sets himself on fire after internet challenge

Rescue workers responded to a fire call on South Center Street on Thursday, June 29. Upon arrival, EMTs tended to one of the building’s occupants. Photo by Kaitlin Lyle

MILLERTON — The entirety of South Center Street was occupied by fire engines and police vehicles in response to a fire reported late afternoon, Thursday, June 29.

According to Sgt. Michael Jaouen of the New York State Police, the official cause of the fire was the result of 14-year-old Liam Lynch’s attempt to mirror a YouTube dare known as “The Fire Challenge.” 

Liam Lynch was identified by his mother, Billie-Joe Morse.

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