A 17-year-old Longview teenager suffered first and second degree burns over 30 percent of his body when his clothing caught on fire while siphoning gas from a car.
According to a report on Seattle’s KOMO News.com, the teenager lit a cigarette while he was siphoning the gas. He was taken to St. John Medical Center in Longview with burn injuries on his hands, feet and pelvis.
First degree burns affect only the outer layer of skin and are quite superficial. Second degree burns are more serious and painful often causing blisters.
Luckily, the teen did not suffer third or fourth degree burns which can cause extensive scarring and require multiple surgeries, skin grafting and rehabilitation.