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4 doused with flammable liquid, set afire in Colorado

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 14, 2012 at 6:27 p.m.

— Police searched Friday for two men who used a pump sprayer to douse four people with a flammable liquid at a Denver apartment and then set them on fire.

One woman was seriously injured in the attack that rattled a northwest neighborhood.

“Who would do something like this? What kind of animal is he?” Maria Gomez, a neighbor who did not know the victims, told the Denver Post.

The men came to the door of the apartment in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood on Thursday night, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said. A woman who answered the door was sprayed with a liquid by one of the men and another threw a lighter on her, setting her afire, said Raquel Lopez, another police spokeswoman. The men then set fire to two men and another woman inside the home.

Duane Ramirez, 50, said he was in the backyard of his niece’s house, where the attack occurred, when he heard someone yelling repeatedly, “They got a torch.”

Moments later, the victim ran out the back door screaming and rolled around in the grass in a desperate attempt to put out the flames, he said.

“They doused her in her face and the front of her body,” Ramirez said, adding that he smelled petroleum after the attack.

The flames were out when firefighters arrived. The woman who was doused at the door was in serious condition at University of Colorado Hospital. The other three victims suffered minor injuries. Two young children inside the home escaped through a back door, said neighbor Mary Abdullah said.

“Somebody got the kids out,” Abdullah said, adding that she lent her neighbors some coats because their coats had gasoline all over them.

Lopez confirmed that two children were in the house, but she didn’t know their ages. A motive for the attack has not been released

The attack occurred in a sprawling complex of brick row apartment buildings next to warehouses and older detached homes.

Police were also investigating a check cashing store robbery earlier Thursday in which two men used a flammable liquid to set a small fire at a customer service window. In that instance, the suspects used a similar pump sprayer, Lopez said.

No one was hurt, and it wasn’t known if the incidents were related. The store is about three miles east of the apartment complex.

An employee at the check cashing business said Friday she was not allowed to comment about the robbery. Burn marks were still visible on the glass that separates employees from customers, and a wall behind the clerk’s desk was blackened by flames.

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... December 17, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.

BAN ASSAULT GASOLINE IN COLORADO

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FreeSpiritMan says... December 17, 2012 at 10:52 a.m.

Another briliant statement from a great Arkansan known for his word·smith·ery.

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lazybar says... December 17, 2012 at 10:57 a.m.

bs the point being made if there is a will there is a way.we all know your liberal stance on guncontrol but this is just another instance that proves if you ban guns people will just find another way.

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btwice says... December 17, 2012 at 11:09 a.m.

Um, if guns had been used, the victims would be dead instead of just injured.

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djigoo says... December 17, 2012 at 11:56 a.m.

Bart1, you're using logic.

The wing nuts don't process that very well.

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lazybar says... December 17, 2012 at 12:29 p.m.

another liberal who knows nothing about the subject.just because one is shot does not mean they will die.you can burn to death just as you can die from a gunshot.

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djigoo says... December 17, 2012 at 2:22 p.m.

The burn victims are alive. The stabbing victims are alive. The gun victims are dead.

I can see the difference. Not sure why others can't.

Sad.

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Jjackk says... December 17, 2012 at 8:13 p.m.

So whats the big deal? You let idiots run free with any weapon they choose they are gonna kill school kids or who ever they want. You accept the right to have the weapons then accept the fact that tens of thousands are gonna be murdered by them every year. Ain't that America? Always has been.

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