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East Tennessee boy burned after accidentally catching self on fire

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It happened just after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 400 block of Oakcrest Road. It happened just after 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 400 block of Oakcrest Road.
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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville officials are investigating after a child accidentally burned most of his upper body Wednesday morning.

It happened just after 6:30 a.m. on the 400 block of Oakcrest Road.

The Knoxville Police Department told 6 News at the scene the 11-year-old boy called his mom and said someone threw a cigarette at him when he was walking to the bus stop. However, officials say that report is not true.

KPD officers reviewed a security video from the boy's residence which shows the child playing with a gas can and lighter in his backyard, and then he accidentally caught himself on fire.

The Knoxville Fire Department says the boy was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries.

KPD and KFD arson investigators responded to the scene to collect evidence.

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