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Feb 19, 2013 10:04 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sanitizer suspected in Portland hospital fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Hand sanitizer sparked by static electricity may have started the fire that burned an 11-year-old girl in her room at Doernbecher Children's Hospital.

Ireland Lane suffered third-degree burns to 18 percent of her body in the Feb. 2 fire in Portland. The father of the Klamath Falls girl was napping in the room at the time and woke up to smother the flames with his body after she ran from the room.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/YDNFO5 ) Stephen Lane says investigators told him the alcohol-based hand sanitizer is the only thing that could have caught fire. Ireland doesn't remember much, but she had used the sanitizer to wipe down her bedside table. The spark may have come from a static electricity spark in the sheets.

The state fire marshal is investigating.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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