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March 24, 2014

Police: Boy, 5, burned while playing with cigarette lighter

A woman awoke Sunday morning to find her 5-year-old son’s arm on fire, authorities said.

A woman awoke Sunday morning to find her 5-year-old son’s arm on fire, authorities said.

She extinguished the flames in their south Wichita apartment shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday and took him to a nearby fire station, police Lt. Dan East said. They were then taken to the burn unit of Via Christi Hospital, where they were treated and released.

An investigation revealed the boy was playing with a cigarette lighter, which led to the fire at the apartment in the 900 block of West 29th Street South, a police document stated.

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