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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge seriously injures firefighters in US

  • AFP, Washington
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2014 11:42 IST
  • Former US President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush. (AP Photo)

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Former US President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush. (AP Photo)

  • Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, and Alan Gustafson, his crew chief, participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. (AFP Photo)

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, and Alan Gustafson, his crew chief, participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup...

  • Canadian politician Justin Trudeau (R) dumps a bucket of ice water onto Canandian MP Sean Casey for the ALS ice bucket challenge during a break in the Federal Liberal summer caucus meetings in Edmonton. (Reuters Photo)

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Canadian politician Justin Trudeau (R) dumps a bucket of ice water onto Canandian MP Sean Casey for the ALS ice bucket challenge during a break in the Federal Liberal...

  • SoftBank Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son dumps a bucket of ice water onto himself as he takes part in the ALS ice bucket challenge at the company headquarters in Tokyo. (Reuters Photo)

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    SoftBank Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son dumps a bucket of ice water onto himself as he takes part in the ALS ice bucket challenge at the company headquarters in...

  • American football team, Tennessee Titans players take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and pour ice water over their heads after NFL football practice Wednesday.(AP Photo)

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    American football team, Tennessee Titans players take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and pour ice water over their heads after NFL football practice Wednesday.(AP...

  • Golfers Justin Rose of England and Brandt Snedeker of the USA take the

    ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Golfers Justin Rose of England and Brandt Snedeker of the USA take the 'ice bucket challenge' with a bit of help from their caddies Mark Fulcher and Scott Vale. (AFP...

Four US firefighters were injured, two seriously, on Thursday as they were helping run a so-called Ice Bucket Challenge at a Kentucky university.

"We express heartfelt sympathy and prayers for the families of the firefighters who were injured," Campbellsville University university president Michael Carter said in a statement.

The university declined to give details of the accident, but said no students were hurt.

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Local media said that two firefighters were moving the apparatus after the student challenge when a power arc occurred near the power lines, striking and seriously injuring them.

One of the men was in a critical condition at a local hospital, WSAZ3 television reported.

Two other firemen were also hurt but were released from hospital after treatment.

Campbellsville police and firefighter departments declined requests for comment.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, in support of Lou Gehrig's disease research, has sparked a worldwide craze that has taken in everyone from billionaires to sports stars and former US presidents.

Since June, several thousand people worldwide have recorded themselves getting drenched, then posted the stunt online and challenged others to do the same, or pledge $100 to ALS research.

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