Two Cosby students hospitalized after hairspray sparks fire

Two Cosby High School students hospitalized after hairspray sparks fire

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Ashlie Salliotte (left) and Amber Seay (source: family photos) Ashlie Salliotte (left) and Amber Seay (source: family photos)
"She's in some really bad pain. She already went through some surgery, and she's going to have more surgery. This is going to be a long process," said Diane Hurley, Seay's grandmother. "She's in some really bad pain. She already went through some surgery, and she's going to have more surgery. This is going to be a long process," said Diane Hurley, Seay's grandmother.

COSBY (WATE) - Two high school seniors were hospitalized last week in an accident sparked by hairspray.

The incident happened last Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. in the shop section of the school building.

The students, Amber Seay, 19, and Ashlie Salliotte, 17, were reportedly fixing their hair and spraying hairspray.

About that time, one of the girls sparked a lighter, which caused a flash fire and burned both girls.

The girls were taken to the Vanderbilt Burn Center in Nashville. Salliotte has since been released, but as of Monday afternoon, Seay was still in the hospital in stable condition.

Seay's grandmother says Amber has second and third degree burns all over her face, arms and back.

"She's in some really bad pain. She already went through some surgery, and she's going to have more surgery. This is going to be a long process," said Diane Hurley, her grandmother.

Hurley says that to her, the story about how the fire started just doesn't add up.

"The kind of damage that was done to my granddaughter, I cannot see that hairspray was the cause," Hurley said.

Cocke County Schools Safety Supervisor Casey Kelley said the school system will be investigating the incident.

They need to speak to both girls to find out what happened. Right now, neither one is in any condition to do that.

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