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21 people lit on fire for world record

By By Shannon Carney
Published On: Oct 21 2013 12:36:25 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 22 2013 09:24:35 AM CDT
People lit on fire world record

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CLEVELAND (WJW) -

Twenty-one people in Cleveland were feeling the heat Saturday night.

The Cleveland residents were set on fire to break the Guinness World Record for the most people performing full-body burns. Hot Cards, a local print and design company, sponsored the event.

A representative from the Guinness Book was flown into town from New York City to make it official.

"Every Guinness Record has different degrees of difficulty. This one has a lot of danger too. Luckily, Ted Batchelor was an absolute professional at setting people on fire," said Phillip Robertson, from the Guinness Book of World Records.

Participants wore multiple layers of special gel-soaked clothing to protect themselves from the flames in the event along the banks of the Cuyahoga River, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.

The group was on fire for 32 seconds.

The event raised money for the Cleveland Food Bank and a charity to help impoverished families in South Africa.