Liquor bottle thrown into Tempe bonfire; 2 injured - KMSP-TV

Liquor bottle thrown into Tempe bonfire; 2 injured

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

A 17-year-old girl on a scouting trip to ASU ended up in the hospital after she was severely burned at a fraternity party over the weekend.

She was one of two young women who suffered burn injuries at the Friday night party.

The 17-year-old girl was brought to Maricopa Medical Center's Burn Unit with second and third degree burns on her legs. A second victim, an 18-year-old current ASU student, was not hurt as badly, but is also undergoing treatment for burns.

Police say one dumb move by another student led to a lot of pain for everyone.

21-year-old ASU student Andrew Kent is behind bars for aggravated assault. Police say Kent tossed a bottle of alcohol into a bonfire that was burning in the backyard and it exploded.

"It caught the 17-year-old girl from the legs down and the 18-year-old, it caught her on fire from the back of her shoulder to the back of her legs," said Tempe Police Sgt. Michael Pooley.

It gets worse -- after the girls had put out the flames, Sgt. Pooley says they were asked to leave the frat party and wait for emergency responders down the street so those at the party wouldn't get busted.

"What they wanted to do was cover up everything that was going on so they escorted the 17-year-old victim away from the party and asked her to go down the street. After she left is which time the fire department was called," said Sgt. Pooley.

Days later at the frat house, a young man answered the door, said he didn't want to be on TV. He mentioned that he threw the party for his fraternity brothers, and felt horrible about the two women being injured.

Students we talked to who attend ASU are appalled that the women were asked to leave after suffering burns.

"That was probably one of the biggest mistakes he could have made. That's like hitting somebody and taking off, saying hey that's a hit and run," said student David Ramirez.

ASU student Andrew Kent is being charged with two counts of endangerment and two counts of aggravated assault. Those are felonies.

According to ASU, Kent is a junior majoring in economics.

The 17-year-old who was visiting from California remains in the burn unit. The 18-year-old ASU student is not as badly hurt, but she is being treated.

Statement by ASU

Allegations of student misconduct are investigated by ASU's office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. All students are subject to the Arizona Board of Regents Student Code of Conduct and the office of Student Rights and Responsibilities is charged with conducting administrative student code of conduct investigations, which are separate from criminal proceedings. Sanctions against individual students resulting from a student code of conduct investigation can include degree revocation, suspension and/or expulsion from the university.

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