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Woman burned with gasoline

October 08, 2000

Woman burned with gasoline



KNOXVILLE - A Knoxville man was awaiting a bond hearing after a woman was doused with gasoline and set on fire Sunday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

Edward Lee Moten Jr., 40 of 19245 Garretts Mill Road in Knoxville was charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Police said a husband and wife were arguing at their home at 2 p.m. on Sunday when the man became enraged.

The man threw gasoline from a 2-gallon container at the woman, drenching her clothing, police said.

As the argument continued the man lit a cigarette and when he grabbed the woman her clothing ignited from ashes from the cigarette, police said.

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Police said the woman was able to smother the fire quickly with her hands but received second- and third-degree burns.

Rescue crews were called but the woman refused to be taken to a hospital, police said.

Police said the man initially fled the scene but later returned and was arrested.

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