Girl catches fire at hospital, and officials can't figure out why. The youngster, Ireland Lane, is an 11-year-old girl who survived cancer. Lane was hospitalized with a head injury unrelated to her bout with cancer. She was painting in her hospital room in Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, Ore. when her shirt caught fire suddenly and without warning, according to a Feb.19, 2013 report by GMA.
Witnesses said that Lane ran screaming from her hospital room with her shirt in flames, and staff put out the fire. Hospital staff agreed they had never heard of a girl catching fire at a hospital prior to this unfortunate incident.
Although the cause of the incident has not been determined. Officials are investigating whether static electricity could have ignited the hand sanitizer Lane used to sanitize a rolling table which she was using as a workspace for a craft project. The girl had been painting a wooden box to give to her nurses as a token of her appreciation.
Lane sustained third-degree burns in the mysterious blaze, which took place on Feb. 2, 2013, the same day she was slated to be released from Doernbecher Children's Hospital. She was transported to Legacy Oregon Burn Center where she is being treated for third-degree burns on her chest, neck, arms and earlobes.
Lane is in serious condition. She has already undergone one skin graft surgery and will undergo a second procedure on Thursday, which is her 12th birthday. It sounds like she has a difficult road ahead of her, but hopefully the case of the girl who catches fire at hospital will have a happy ending.