Teen Catches Fire, Investigation Underway

Teen Catches Fire, Investigation Underway

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It was a bonfire that turned tragic. 

Video shows a teenager caught on fire, as another teen yells stop, drop and roll.  The teenager shooting the video doesn't stop to help at all.

"They had a fire going and somebody through some type of accelerant on the fire and it went over the fire and obviously got on the juvenile and caught his clothes on fire and of course caused serious physical injuries to him," said Chief investigator Ron Baggette with the Clarke County Sheriff's office.

 Cordell Ferrell, who is 16 years old, suffered first, second and third degree burns across his body. 75 percent of his back is burned. Chief Baggette says out of the 4 to 5 teens present, only one went to help Cordell.  The teen's family hopes to get to the bottom of the matter and believes, this may have been intentional.

"It was definitely reckless. I'm going to say it was a little more than that for the fact that they videoed this incident. The fact that no one helped him and the fact that they were standing calmly videoing it," said Josey Moore, Cordell's uncle.

The chief investigator say he's looking into a reckless charge for the person who threw the gasoline, and says he's not sure the others broke any laws.

"We gotta go by what the law says and there's no law that says you gotta help somebody. So we are researching what we can do about that," said Chief Baggette.

Meanwhile the community is pulling together to hold a benefit ride for Cordell to help raise money for medical bills.

"Anybody can come up and ride, cars, motorcycles. It's just to show support," said Terry Overstreet.

The benefit ride is Saturday, April 5th at Dunn's Exxon in Grove Hill. The cost is 25 dollars per bike, 10 dollars per passenger and cars are welcome at the same rate. For more information click here.

 There has been a petition filed in juvenile court in reference to this case. The Clarke County Sheriff's Office is working with the District Attorney's office to see what, if any charges will be filed.

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