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W.Va. man burned after being doused with alcohol

December 14, 1998|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was seriously burned after he was doused with rubbing alcohol and set on fire Sunday afternoon, police said.

Melvin McDaniels, 41, was flown to the burn center at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., with first- and second-degree burns to his body after an incident about 1 p.m. at a home at 658 Orchard Ave.

Winona L. Smith-Mimms, 41, of Martinsburg - who police said lives at the home with McDaniels - was charged with malicious wounding in the incident.

Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Capt. C.E. Keller said firefighters responded to a reported fire at the home but called police shortly after they arrived.

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Berkeley Heights Fire Department Capt. Chad Cave said there had been a small fire in an upstairs room in the two-story house but the fire was out when firefighters got to the scene. Cave said emergency workers found two victims in the home and both were taken to Martinsburg City Hospital.

Keller said preliminary investigation at the scene indicated McDaniels' assailant grabbed a bottle of rubbing alcohol then threw it on McDaniels and lit him on fire.

Smith-Mimms was taken to Martinsburg City Hospital after she apparently suffered a seizure at the scene, Keller said.

Mimms was treated and released then arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court. Police said Mimms was held in the Eastern Regional Jail on $50,000 bond.

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