published Friday, May 27th, 2011, updated May 27th, 2011 at 3:06 p.m.

Woman burned in late night gas station fire

A Chattanooga woman burned in a fire at a gas station Thursday night is in critical but stable condition in an Atlanta burn hospital, authorities said this afternoon.

Samantha Lawrence, 20, and her boyfriend were pumping gas into their Jeep Cherokee at a Kangaroo service station in Hixson about 10 p.m. when a fire broke out, said a Chattanooga Fire Department representative.

A store cashier reportedly told firefighters that he hit the cut-off switch after he saw the fire break out and called 911. According to officials, the woman's clothes caught fire and another employee grabbed a fire extinguisher to put the flames out.

Capt. Anthony Moore said Lawrence suffered from second and third degree burns to approximately 30 percent of her body.

Paramedics shed Lawrence to Erlanger hospital and she later was airlifted to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to fire officials.

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hcirehttae said...

I am dumbfounded when I see people smoking at gas stations. I'm not saying that's what happened in this case, and I'm very sorry for her injuries. But it is astonishing to me the risks people will take when it has anything to do with their cars. It's like good judgment flies out the window.

May 27, 2011 at 11:23 a.m.
andhejen867 said...

June 3, 2011 at 12:47 p.m.
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