Boy Dies After Participating in the FaceBook Fire Challenge


Boy Dies After Participating in the FaceBook Fire Challenge

BUFFALO, NY – A 15-year-old boy has died after participating in a game that is circulating on the popular social network FaceBook. James Shores was burned to death after his entire body was engulfed in flames.

The #FireChallenge involves covering your body with an accelerant and setting yourself on fire. One’s friends will then video the act and share it on the internet. The imbecilic act is supposed to elicit laughter as onlookers and internet viewers watch the reaction from the party who is on fire.

Shores doused himself with alcohol and was set ablaze by his friends. Those who participate in this “game,” usually do so inside of the shower in case the fire spreads. In Shores case, he was not near the shower or any other water source. His friends battled unsuccessfully to put the fire out, and he later died from his injuries.

Police are warning participators about the dangers of this act and have urged the public to stop sharing the videos.

Police Commissioner James Daniels spoke with News-Two saying, “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and offer our condolences to the family. It is paramount that the public stop sharing these videos. The people who participate in this so-called “game” do so for the notoriety and short-lived fame they receive on the internet. Taking away this fame could deter others from making the same mistake.”

FaceBook is doing their part by deleting all #FireChallege videos off of their website.



  • mandi

    also… the boy in the picture and the boy in the video are two different boys. Just because they are both chocolate, does not make them interchangeable. idiots.

  • mandi

    but he was standing in the shower… bad reporting + dumb people = death of teen and confused readers

  • adonte jones

    What happened to common sense

  • Sunshine

    Very stupid! But people don’t deserve to die for being stupid. People cause themselves to die by being stupid, but that doesn’t mean they deserve it. And I know about the Darwin Awards and everything, and it’s funny and I get the joke.. but at the same time, Darwin’s theory of Survival of the Fittest is not about things like this. It’s not about ppl making mistakes and dying, it’s about gene traits that get passed on. I think there are probably better jokes to make than Darwin jokes.

  • jaani

    some people should never be allowed to even go on the internet

  • Laurence Lee Pinney

    This is one of the stupidest things I ever heard of. Education would have been key here. Is it too late to sign him up for the Ignited Negro Collage Fund?

  • Rektu

    It really takes a special kind of retard to do this challenge…

    They should rename it the Darwin challenge.

  • tynisha bowdery

    That is crazy r.i.p

  • David t

    So he’s NOT a witch?

  • Kajun Klown

    “Shores doused himself with alcohol and was set ablaze by his friends.”
    .
    So will the friends be charged with murder? They are the ones that set him on fire, therfor they killed him.

  • Rubric

    Yet another Darwin Award winner. If you commit an act of stupidity you have to pay the price. Sad that someone had to report on it as his dumbass mother danced like a fool no wonder the child was a fool.

  • Mykaila Brown

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!
    What a dumbass.

  • Diamondback

    This is an odd way of making ghetto lobster. I’ve never heard of it done this way before.

    • tynisha b

      Fr but that is crazy people are stupid for doing this stuff

      • adonte jones

        The stereotypes are here

  • AMY NAGY

    HELLO AGAIN THIS IS AMY NAGY PLEASE DONT MIX ALCO WITH FIRE TOGETHER AT ALL OR YOU WILL BURN UP SO FAST THAT YOU WONT BE ABLE TO PUT IT OUT FAST EVEN GAS IS DANGER TO BURN UP FAST AND DIE WITH IT SO PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM FLAMABLE STUFF DONT DO WAHT THEY DID IS WORNG SO KEEP OUT OF FIRE KIDS AND YOUNG TEENAGER THAT GO FOR ALL THE YOUNG ONE OK KEEP CLEAR AWAY . THANK YOU SIGN AMY NAGY.

  • Amulrei

    Looks like Darwin’s theory at its finest here.

    • ecanucant

      Yes indeed….Darwin doing the dirty work again. So glad I didn’t have to say it.

  • NaTaS

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • mister R

    wait what’s the challenge in setting yourself on fire?

    is it the guy who looks the most like an idiot wins or something???