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Moore County girl, 8, burned in bonfire accident

Posted March 8, 2015

— An 8-year-old girl who was burned in a bonfire accident Saturday night was taken by helicopter to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center.

Family members say Britney Bibey suffered second- and third-degree burns over 40 percent of her body, including on her face. She will likely have to stay in the hospital for at least two weeks and get skin grafts.

The family was celebrating Britney's cousin's birthday at a home at 213 Bibey Road just north of Whispering Pines, and the cousins asked to end the night with a bonfire. Family members said Britney threw a can into the fire and it exploded. It's unclear what was in the can.

"She tried to run because it caught her dress on fire, and my husband, Brian, snatched her, put her on his knee and was taking the dress off of her," said her aunt, Shaylyn Sanders. "She was scared, and she was rubbing on places. She said, ‘Aunt Shay, they burn.’ I said, ‘Baby, just stay in the shower. The ambulance is on the way.’"

No one else was injured, and no other information was released.


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  • Sherrill Craig Mar 8, 2015
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    Angela: the correct telling of a story is extremely important. I feel for this kid, I really do. Why she was unsupervised enough to throw something flammable on a bonfire is beyond me. I wish her well.

  • Angela Patterson Mar 8, 2015
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    With what this poor child is going through and people have to complain about spell check and errors. PRAY FOR THIS LITTLE GIRL FOR A FULL RECOVERY AND QUICK HEALING! GOD LAY YOUR HAND ON HER AND DO YOUR WORK!

  • Sherrill Craig Mar 8, 2015
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    Can you please...PLEASE get an Editor? Seriously? or at least SPELLCHECK!

    Skin grafting is a type of graft surgery involving the transplantation of skin. The transplanted tissue is called a skin graft...Not a GRAPH.