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UPDATE: 9-Year-Old Spokane Girl Burned While Playing With Lighter

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 9-year-old Spokane girl remains in serious condition after she was severely burned when she mishandled a lighter. Her family says 9-year-old Blaze Ervin sat up in her hospital bed for the first time Thursday afternoon since this all happened.

The lighter burned over 45 percent of her body. Blaze's grandmother Julie says she talks to both Blaze and her sister all of the time about not playing with matches, or fire and is in disbelief something like this could ever happen.

Her family says Blaze grabbed the lighter when her grandfather was in the other room. They say she was wearing only a cotton tank top and pants at the time, and when she ignited the lighter her shirt caught fire almost immediately. That's when she tried to take it off, lifting it up over her head, in turn burning her stomach, chest, neck, face and hands before she was able to get it off.

Blaze was lifeflighted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where they were able to stabilize her. Doctors are now pumping fluids through her body to get the toxins out and planning to perform surgery sometime in the next couple of days to remove burned skin. We're told the worst burns appear to be on her chest.

Fire crews say this appears to just be an unfortunate accident, but it does act as a reminder to people if they find themselves in a similar situation, the best way to prevent severe burns on your body if your clothes catch fire is to simply to stop, drop, and roll.

The family has set up an account at Wells Fargo Bank under the name of Blaze Alana Ervin if anyone would like to help the family during this difficult time. 

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