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Girl critically injured after burning herself in Brooklyn school bathroom

Posted: 5:59 PM, Oct 16, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-16 21:30:27-04

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.