Injured stunt man speaks day after Atlantic High School accident

Injured stunt man speaks day after Atlantic High School accident

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - A stunt man spoke Friday at Delray Medical Center after he was engulfed by flames Thursday during a routine at Atlantic High School.

Ricky Charles a performer and owner of the company "Inferno Challenge," is expected to be released from the hospital Friday or Saturday.


Doctors said he suffered burns to his face, leg and arm.

Charles, 50, said he still plans to continue fire breathing despite the accident and takes responsibility for not practicing before using the Coleman camping oil during Thursday's performance.

He said he's performed 200 to 300 times at schools within a year and last performed at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton before Thursday.  He said he's performed at schools in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Charles said he asked Atlantic High School representatives if he could use fire, and they wanted him to use it in the finale.

A tearful Charles said he'll continue to perform despite the scary accident.

"This is just me falling down. I got to get up. You can't stop me from doing it again," said Charles.

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