A little girl who was hospitalized for injuries suddenly caught fire while playing inside her hospital room, according to hospital officials in Oregon.
The cancer survivor, who is 11-years-old, was hospitalized with a head injury and is now recovering from third degree burns after her shirt mysteriously caught fire in a hospital room in Portland, Oregon.
The girl, Ireland Lane, had been painting in her room at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Suddenly, she ran down the hall screaming, with her shirt on fire.
"I've been in medicine for 30 years and had never heard anything like it. I hope I never see it again," Doctor Stacy Nicholson, chief physician at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, said.
"Our security experts are working closely with the Office of the State Fire Marshal of Oregon in their investigation," Nicholson said in a statement. "We look forward to the results and will certainly make adjustments if the cause was preventable," she added.
Hospital staff extinguished the flames, but the cause of the fire remains a mystery. Ireland said she used disinfectant to clean a table near her bed, where she painted a wooden box as a gift for her nurses.
Authorities are investigating whether the alcohol-based disinfectant and static electricity could have caused the fire, a spokesperson for the Oregon State Fire Marshal, said.