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Watch: Man sets wife on fire with gas pump

A Georgia man is facing jail after accidentally setting his wife on fire while fueling up his truck. Austin Dawkins is seen on surveillance video sparking the fumes with his lighter while he talks to his wife, Jessica. The gas nozzle shoots out flame and lights her up before she can get a safe distance away. She falls.

Police in GainesvilleĀ arrestedĀ Austin Dawkins, 37, after seeing a video of him setting his wife Jessica, 30, on fire at a gas station on October 16, 2013. In the gas station’s surveillance video, it is Dawkins playing with a lighter that seems to start the fire. Jessica Dawson takes off running, Austin Dawkins pulls the gas nozzle out of truck’s filler pipe while the nozzle shoots out flame. Jessica is seen catching fire from behind as she runs.

Jessica Dawkins suffered second and third-degree burns to her head, back, arms and legs. Austin Dawkins had minor burns to his hands. He is charged with reckless conduct. The incident is being treated as an accident. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to a year in prison a $1,000 fine.

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