In August 2016, two teenage boys broke into a tire recycling complex in Lockport, New York, and started a fire that burned for three days.
While they were messing around inside the vacant building, 14-year-old Joe Phillips and his 13-year-old friend, whose name hasn’t been released, lit some papers on fire. When it spread and got out of control, Phillips’ friend ran outside to find water. Phillips stayed where he was and used his shirt in an attempt to snuff out the flames. That’s when he realized he was trapped.