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Bonfire Burn Victim Has ‘Spirit Like Nobody Else,' Uncle Says

At least eight people were injured in a fire that broke out in Glendale Heights last weekend--among them Autumn Hamilton.

Her uncle Dan told NBC 5 Thursday night she's in a medically induced coma and fighting for her life.

"She’s doing the best she can for the circumstances that they are," he said. "She is definitely a fighter. She has a spirit like nobody else."

The Glendale Heights Police Department said officers responded to an incident at the 1800 block of Marci Ct. around 10:16 p.m. Saturday.

Several people received burns and were shortly transported to nearby hospitals, authorities said.

Family says she's shaken her head "yes" and "no," waved at loved ones and reached out with her hand.

Although the cause of the incident is unknown at the time, authorities said they believe the explosion was a result of a flammable material that was poured onto a small fire in a fire pit in the backyard of a residence.

Autumn is among four others in the Loyola burn unit.

"Any father or mother who sees their child in a burn unit, it's just a roller coaster of emotions," her uncle said. "You go from high to low, almost angry to sad."

Glenbard East Hight School held a car wash raising proceeds for the survivors.

GoFundMe pages have been set up for several of the victims.

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