A 2-year-old child is rescued from a house fire and requires intubation due to inhalation injury. Her vital signs are heart rate 130 bpm, blood pressure 80/50, and oxygen saturation 100%. After aggressive fluid resuscitation, her arterial blood gas shows a persistent metabolic acidosis with lactic acid of 9 mmol/L. What is the MOST likely cause of her metabolic acidosis?
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