Fundraiser To Be Held For Girl, 16, Seriously Injured In Fire Pit Explosion

Steve Miller
June 22, 2018 - 2:24 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- It has been almost two months since a fire pit explosion injured several Glenbard East High School students - and the most seriously injured teenager has just been through her eighth surgery.

The surgery was supposed to be last week, but 16-year-old Autumn Hamilton had a fever. So it was postponed until Tuesday.

"She has third-degree burns on 40 percent of her body," said Annette Bennett, fundraising coordinator for a non-profit that's heling Autumn's money has money for her care. "She has had eight procedures, mainly consisting of skin grafts.  Last week she did lose her fingertips on eight of her fingers.  And her two thumbs have partial prints left."

Hamilton was one of eight eight people who were injured when a fire in a backyard pit exploded at a Glendale Heights home in late April. At least five of those injured were students. The community has rallied around the injured students, including raising over $130,000 for Autumn.

Bennett said that, after medical procedures, Autumn is placed in a medically induced coma for awhile - but other times, she is not in a coma.

"No, she is up," Bennett said. "She has been able to stand. My understanding is, last week, Saturday, she was able to give her sister a hug."

On July 21, there's a fundraiser for Autumn - called Autumn Summerfest.

For more information on the upcoming fundraiser, click here. For information on how to donate directly to Autumn's family, click here. And click on this link for information on how to help the other students hurt in the accident.