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Old 02-26-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
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Teenager burned trying to kill lice

By Gavin Lesnick (Contact)
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Stepping into the bathroom of her Park Street home Wednesday afternoon, Brie Abshier pointed out the signs of the horrific accident that days earlier left her good friend and roommate, 18-year-old Jessica Brooks, with severe, life-threatening burns.



There's dried blood on the door frame. A black spot is singed into the base of the tub. A burnt ceiling panel is perched against the wall. All are remnants of a fire that sparked after Brooks soaked her hair in gasoline in an attempt Sunday night to kill lice she believed she recently caught.

Brooks, a former Central High School student who was taking night classes to graduate this year, was airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital. A spokeswoman there said no information could be released on her condition, although Abshier said Wednesday she was in critical condition in a medically induced coma. "No one's been able to talk to her," the 19-year-old Abshier said, her voice shaking. "No one's been able to go see her. The doctors won't allow it because she's so badly burned."

Fire officials say it happened shortly after 9 p.m. when crews were called to 1023 Park St. for a woman who had been burned. According to the 911 run card, dispatchers learned almost immediately that the injuries happened as the victim was trying to kill lice with gasoline. Reading from a report, investigator Richard Howard said the fumes had built up in the apartment as Brooks let the gasoline set in. They were ignited by the pilot light of the nearby water heater.

Firefighters arrived to a gruesome scene. Howard said Brooks suffered second- and third-degree burns over more than half of her body. Skin was hanging off her, he said, and she was bloody. An ambulance took Brooks to Deaconess Hospital before she was flown to Louisville. Howard said it never should have happened. "You don't use a flammable liquid that's not designed for that," he said. "There's medicines you can get from pharmacies."

Scott Middleton, 23, found out about the accident when his younger brother, Ronald Young, called Sunday night. Young and Brooks are engaged.

Middleton arrived a short time later to find Young with burns on his arms from trying to extinguish the flames.
Middleton said Young explained to him and Abshier that someone told Brooks gasoline would kill lice, so she tried it despite Young's objections.
"And it just went up," Abshier said, adding it was unclear who planted the idea. "We don't know that or why she went through with it. She's not dumb. She's actually pretty damn smart."

Brooks has a long, uncertain road to recovery, her friends said Wednesday.
She suffered third-degree burns on her chest, arms and hands and first- and second-degree burns on her face and head. Doctors had to shave off her hair to peel off the burnt skin on her scalp, Abshier said, and they already performed one surgery to bring her swelling down.

Young, who planned to marry Brooks in May on the couple's anniversary, is staying at the Ronald McDonald house in Louisville to be close to her. Other family members also are spending time at the hospital, Abshier said, including Brooks' mother. "Jessica's mom can't be in the room for more than 10 or 15 minutes without crying because she can't even realize that's her own daughter," Abshier said. "... She can't realize it happened to her daughter of all people."

A number of friends in Evansville are planning to raise money and travel to Louisville to see Brooks, Abshier said.
In the meantime, she said her friends are having a tough time waiting for updates on her condition.
"We just hope she comes home," Middleton said.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:58 PM   #2
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She wasn't hot to begin with...
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:59 PM   #3
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Well hell, at least the lice are gone.

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Old 02-26-2009, 01:59 PM   #4
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:00 PM   #5
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#2 & #3 covered most of it.
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:02 PM   #6
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Middleton said Young explained to him and Abshier that someone told Brooks gasoline would kill lice, so she tried it despite Young's objections. "And it just went up," Abshier said, adding it was unclear who planted the idea. "We don't know that or why she went through with it. She's not dumb. She's actually pretty damn smart."
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:05 PM   #7
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So did she kill the lice or what? I hate it when they leave you hanging like that.
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:10 PM   #8
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So did she kill the lice or what? I hate it when they leave you hanging like that.
No nitpicking in this thread. The second girl is likely to lose her lice partner.
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:11 PM   #9
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Who ordered the fried lice?






...I actually feel really bad for this girl. She's probably better off not surviving.
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:17 PM   #10
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So this is the U.S. version of "Don't use a cannon to kill a mosquito." right?
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:19 PM   #11
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#2 & #3 covered most of it.
Brilliance. No one even saw it.
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:24 PM   #14
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Did I miss something about how gasoline ignited? Or do lice and gas make that happen?
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:26 PM   #15
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:26 PM   #16
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Did I miss something about how gasoline ignited? Or do lice and gas make that happen?
The old pilot light gag.
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The lice were smokers.
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But I bet shes smoking hot now!
Someone save me a seat in hell...
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Neighbors said she was a hot head
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she was for a minute or two before they got the flames out!
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I thought you meant posts 2&3.

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Old 02-26-2009, 05:31 PM   #24
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Imagine her poor fiance. He's going to have to play with charred tittays for life if she lives. Or he could bail... he is still young afterall.

edit: That thought popped into my head, but now I feel bad. I'll leave it in case there are other sick ****s out there.
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