BEDFORD-SUYVESANT, Brooklyn — A girl was critically injured at her Brooklyn school on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
Emergency medical services rushed to Uncommon Schools Excellence Girls Charter School Elementary Academy around 2:30 p.m. after the 9-year-old girl burned herself, an FDNY spokesperson said.
The girl was inside a bathroom in the school when she was hurt, an NYPD official said. She was conscious and alert when she was taken to a local hospital.
The girl claims she found a lighter in a bathroom stall and accidentally ignited her uniform, police said. A teacher heard her screams, and with the help of others, used a jacket to smother the flames.
Police say the girl suffered burns to her upper body.