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Family friend describes aftermath of girl badly burned in fire pit explosion

Posted March 19, 2018 1:19 p.m. EDT

— A north Phoenix 8-year-old girl is in a medically induced coma after suffering severe burns to her body in an explosion.

The explosion happened around 6 p.m. Saturday night.

Neighbors were gathering for a barbecue when some kind of flammable liquid placed near a fire pit exploded.

Isabella was burned on more than 50 percent of her body. Firefighters rushed her and her father to the hospital for burns. Katie Pena, a family friend, heard the explosion and saw the aftermath.

"A bunch of dads in the driveway ended up grabbing her and putting her out and her brother grabbed the hose and put water on her," Pena said.

She was conscious during it all.

"She actually asked how many days of school we thought she might have to miss but that tells you what kind of kid she is," Pena said.

The burns were mostly on their lower bodies. Pena is still trying to process it all.

"Unbelievable, first it was, what just happened because it happened so quickly. It was more disbelief than anything else," Pena said.

Pena has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise cash to help out Isabella and her family.

"Every little bit helps. They're always willing to help other people so it's time to give back," said Pena.

The explosion is still under investigation.