WORCESTER, MA – A 71-year-old woman died after she fell into a fire pit in her backyard.

Jacqueline Cardinal was alone in her backyard last night when she reportedly fell into a fire pit. Her daughter’s husband found her 10 minutes later and called for help.

Unfortunately, she was so badly burned that there was nothing that could be done to save her and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, her death is being treated as an accident.

Cardinal was the mother of two and also raised four foster children with her late husband.

“She is the most wonderful woman there is,” her daughter said. “There isn’t anybody who would say anything different.”

While I was typing this up, I got a strange sense of déjà vu. I did a quick search on the site and sure enough, in 2015 I reported on a woman in her 70s dying after also falling into a fire pit.

We also have multiple instances of fire pit related deaths, including a baby dying after being dropped int one.

flamesLAKE LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives believe a woman in her 70s died after falling into a fire pit.

The unidentified woman’s burned body was discovered by her roommate around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of the woman’s death, so there’s a glimmer of hope that she died before falling into the flames.

We have reported on a handful of fire pit related deaths over the last decade, including one from earlier this year, and an incident where a baby died after being dropped into one.

But none of them come close to being as horrific as the poor bastard we reported on five years ago. That’s when a 45-year-old man was with family preparing for a New Year’s block party and had dug a 3-foot deep fire pit to roast a pig.

The man somehow fell face-first into the fire pit and became wedged. When his family where unable to pull him out, they steamed his ass by using a garden hose to try and extinguish the flames.…

James BrooksJEFFERSON, OH – Alesha Bell, the 18-year-old who went missing after sending her mother a text message that she was scared, has been found dead in a backyard fire pit owned by 40-year-old James Brooks.

On July 23rd, Alesha Bell left her home on foot to visit a nearby relative. She never made it there. The following morning, her mother received a text from her daughter that read: “Mom, if I make it home, I need you. I’m scared.”

Bell’s mother said a short time later, she received another text from Bell’s phone stating she was with an unknown person from Columbus. She then started getting texts from her daughter’s phone that she knew were not from her daughter because of the grammar and punctuation used.

When anyone tried calling Bell, the calls started going straight to voicemail and Bell was never heard from again. After reporting her missing, investigators would link Bell to James Brooks, a man who says he ran an escort service from May 2014 to May 2015.…

fire pitRAYMOND, ME — Timothy Small died after he fell into a fire pit, seriously burning over half is body, then refusing to seek medical help.

On Friday night, Small was with friends drinking around a rock-lined fire pit in his backyard. By 2 a.m. Saturday, he was alone and somehow managed to fall into the fire.

Although he suffered serious burns to 60 percent of his body, Smalls didn’t think it was worth seeking medical treatment.

““Small managed to stagger into his home, refused medical attention and went to bed,” according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. His friends ended up calling an ambulance for him several hours later.

Small was taken to the Maine Medical Center in Portland before being transferred to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He would die there Sunday evening.

This brings up one of the most horrifying stories I have ever written on the site, from five years ago. It happened in Arizona where a 45-year-old man and his cousin were drinking while  preparing a 3-foot deep fire pit to roast a pig.…

WOOD COUNTY, TX — Some asshole in Texas is facing criminal charges after throwing two dogs into a fire pit.

According to the police, four people were sitting around a fire pit getting drunk when 28-year-old Larry Lowery grabbed a dog and tossed it into the flames. A 5-year-old girl witnessed this and told her grandmother, Faye Norris, who confronted Lowery.

She says Lowery acted as if the entire thing was a joke, but apologized for his actions. Not long after, he tossed a second dog into the pit and then bragged about it.

According to one of Lowery’s neighbors, one of the two dogs was able to escape the fire pit and was last seen running away while on fire.

Lowery told police he grabbed a stray dog that had bitten him two weeks earlier and accidentally tossed it into the fire pit after he stumbled. He has been charged with felony cruelty to animals and since released on a $5,000 bond.

“It takes a mentally disturbed individual, my opinion, to do something that cruel,” said Norris.…

SUMMERFIELD, FL — Six people have been arrested and charged with killing a 15-year-old boy, burning his body and then shoveling the ashes into paint cans. This story is just like the one detailed in the movie BULLY, about another group of young geniuses from Florida who murdered a peer, but on a seemingly higher level of retardation.

Police say that 15-year-old Seath Jackson (facebook) received a text message from his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend, Amber Wright (facebook), wanting to get back together. This text was sent sometime after Jackson had declined an offer by Wright to meet her at the home of 18-year-old Charlie Kay Ely.

With this new text, Jackson went to the home and walked right into a trap. He was unaware that he had walked into an ambush by a group of people that included Wright’s new boyfriend, 18-year-old Michael Bargo, a teen he had fought with several weeks prior.

Bargo was at the home with Wright, her 16-year-old brother, Kyle Hooper, and 20-year-old Justin Soto (facebook).…

Michael Bargeron Was A Drink Or Two Past Drunk

January 6, 2010 at 6:58 am by  

Palm Bay, FL – A 2-year-old child is recovering from severe burns to his hands, legs, stomach, and buttocks because he was surrounded by idiots. The child’s father, Michael Bargeron, was getting his drunk on at a New Year’s Eve party and began wrestling with the child near an open fire pit. The highly intoxicated Michael had been warned, repeatedly, by other party-goers to back away from the fire because the child was in danger of getting burned. Dismissing their concerns, Michael continued with the horseplay. Well, kiddo fell into the fire. Witnesses stated that Michael failed to immediately pull the child from the fire. (Doesn’t sound like the witnesses were much help in the situation, either). The child’s mother pulled him from the flames and high-tailed it to the hospital. About 20 minutes later, Michael was on the phone with 911 – he wanted to know if the dispatcher had heard any reports of a nearly 3-year-old child being burned. …

Arizona Fire PitPHOENIX, AZ – A 45-year-old man died while helping his cousin roast a pig for a neighborhood block party. He accidentally fell into the 3-foot deep backyard fire pit, face first, and became wedged.

When his cousin was unable to pull him out of the fire, he used a water hose in an attempt to douse the fire. So not only did this poor guy burn in a fire pit that was probably at several hundred degrees, he also got steamed.

It took several police officers to get the man out of the pit, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Reports are that the two men had been drinking, but it’s not known if that played any factor into the man falling in.

His cousin was so traumatized by what had happened, he was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Alberto Rios Had A Barbecue

June 26, 2008 at 7:46 am by  

Update 8/22/08 – Alberto Rios has plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter in a plea deal that should get him about two years for the death of his son, Diego Rios-Santana Sentencing is scheduled for October 3. Read the original charging documents.

Alberto RiosSeattle, WA.-While this case has more questions than answers, two facts are alarmingly clear: Diego Rios, a 7-month old baby, is dead from smoke inhalation and burns over 100% of his body after ending up in an open fire pit. And Diego’s father, 38 year old Alberto Rios, is being held in King County Jail on $1M bond, for investigation of first-degree manslaughter.

Early Sunday morning, June 22nd, 911 dispatchers received a call about a baby that had been bitten by a dog, a second call came in reporting that a baby had been burned. When officers arrived at the Rios family home, they saw Alberto Rios holding a badly burned baby. Not only was the baby burned, he had a hole in his head.

This is how Alberto Rios describes the events leading up to the officer’s arrival:

There had been a party at the home the evening before and Alberto Rios admitted to drinking 3-6 beers.…


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