Girl severely burned at house party near ASU

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe police are investigating a house party near Arizona State University where a high school girl was severely burned.

According to police, the 17-year-old girl from California was in town for a college recruiting trip when she was invited to the party at an off-campus house in the 1100 block of West Laird Street. A number of the guests at the party were fraternity members.

The party started Friday night and lasted into the early morning hours Saturday.

The girl was standing beside a raging bonfire, according to police, when someone threw a bottle of vodka into the fire. The vodka exploded like a Molotov cocktail and sent flaming liquid onto the girl's bare legs.

The teen's right leg was burned severely from thigh to ankle and her left leg was burned in places, as well.

According to police, bystanders pushed the girl to the ground and helped extinguish her flaming skin. But after that, police said fraternity members kicked the girl out of the party and told her to wait for emergency responders down the street in order to keep them from getting in trouble.

Sgt. Mike Pooley said the girl's parents flew in from California on Saturday and called police from the burn unit. 

The person who threw the vodka could face charges as serious as aggravated assault.