Pop-Up Post: Playing with Fire

See what happens when you play with fire? (Deviant Art)

See what happens when you play with fire? (Deviant Art)

“If you play with fire, you’re going to get burned.”

I know this is kind of a cliché, but it’s one we hear countless times from our parents as kids and one most of us take to heart.

Sadly, 37-year-old Austin Dawkins of Clarksville, Georgia either didn’t listen to his parents or forgot this valuable piece of advice. And now he faces criminal charges as a result.

On October 16, Austin and his wife—30-year-old Jessica—stopped at a Clarksville gas station to refuel. As they were both standing beside the pump—and just after Austin started the gas flowing into his tank—he apparently forgot something extremely important, despite there being signs posted all over the place: gasoline is flammable!

Woman on fire. And no, this is not the sequel to the Denzel Washington film (CNN)

Woman on fire. And no, this is not the sequel to the Denzel Washington film (CNN)

For whatever reason, Austin decided this would be a good time to pull out his cigarette lighter and start flicking it near the pump. And when he did, the most predictable thing imaginable happened: the gas fumes ignited and fire started shooting from his gas tank.

Jessica immediately fled just before Austin made another “intelligent” decision. He grabbed the pump handle, pulled it from his truck and in an effort to prevent any further damage to his vehicle, inadvertently doused his wife with burning gas as she was running away. The flames were extinguished a moment later, but not before Jessica suffered second- and third-degree burns to her arms, back, head and legs.

You can check out the shocking video for yourself by going HERE.

Jessica and Austin before the burn (Facebook)

Jessica and Austin before the burn (Facebook)

According to a statement just released by the state fire commissioner of Georgia, Austin now faces a misdemeanor charge of reckless conduct that could result in a year-long prison sentence and fine.

Of course, all of this could have been avoided if Austin hadn’t been so fired up to flick his lighter. And one can only assume that Jessica will dump his ass and become nothing more than one of Austin’s old flames!

Posted on November 4, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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