BURLINGTON, Vt. - A woman is dead after she purchased $5 worth of gas at a Vermont gas station, then used it to set herself on fire.
According to a clerk at the Champlain Farms Shell gas station, the woman came into the store and prepaid for the gas. She also placed her I.D. on the counter and said she didn’t need it any longer. When she went back out to the pumps where her gold Subaru Forester was sitting, the store employees watched as the woman removed the hose from the gas pump and began dousing herself with gasoline.
Probably because women do this all the time, the store manager immediately shut off the pump from inside the store. But the employees quickly realized this wasn’t another case of a woman not knowing how to put the doohickey into the whatchamacallit when the woman struck a match and set herself on fire.
The store manager and some customers ran out and tried to put the woman out with fire extinguishers, but the woman had already achieved her goal of self-immolation. Fire crews arrived quickly, but the woman was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Investigators say they will not release the name of the woman, described only as being in her 30s, until her family has been notified. They did say that they feel there’s nothing suspicious about the incident, and that this was a completed suicide.
“There is nothing here that would lead us to believe that there was any kind of mechanical problem with the pumps, the car or anything like that. The public shouldn’t be afraid,” Burlington Police Sgt. Jason Lawson said. “It looks like it was an intentional act by the individual… It looks like she was trying to commit suicide.”
One horrific way to go, and in this case, a very selfish way. Not because she leaves people behind, as I feel an adult should be able to end their life when they want, but selfish in the manner she chose. She put a lot of people at risk with this method and had the manager not shut off the pumps when she did, there is no telling what may have happened. Not to mention what kind of mental trauma the witnesses are now suffering from seeing the act.
Like I said, I have no issues with adults offing themselves. I just want them to be polite. Or be creative.Tags: Burning, Crime, gas station, Suicide, Vermont