Austin Dawkins To Face Charges After Accidentally Setting Wife On Fire At Gas Station (Video)


Charges are being filed against a man who unintentionally set his wife on fire while he was playing with a cigarette lighter near his gas tank while refueling.

Austin Dawkins and his wife Jessica were at a gas station in Georgia and were standing by the gas nozzle of a truck when Austin apparently ignited his cigarette lighter and lowered his hand toward the nozzle, according to CNN. Moments later, flames came firing out and Jessica was burned while Austin attempted to remove the nozzle. The incident, which took place on Oct. 16, was captured on surveillance video.

The 37-year-old Austin will be charged with reckless conduct, according to a statement from the state fire safety commissioner, Ralph Hudgens. Jessica, who is 30, sustained second- and third-degree burns to her legs, arms, back and head.

The New York Daily News reports that Jessica was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta after the incident before being released.

Austin was arrested on Friday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He faces a charge of reckless conduct which holds a maximum penalty of a year in prison and up to a $1,000 fine.  He suffered minor injuries to his hands in the incident.

"[Surveillance] video shows he struck a cigarette lighter down by the tank," Hudgens said, according to "Flames flew up and hit his wife."

Sources: CNN, New York Daily News,


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