Woman burned in late night gas station fire

Woman burned in late night gas station fire

May 27th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

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.