Woman Doused With Gasoline, Set On Fire

Friday, July 10th 2009, 3:17 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, OK -- Tulsa Police are looking for help in finding Kenneth McCurley, a 23-year-old white male accused of setting his girlfriend on fire Friday afternoon.

"He threw gasoline on her and lit her on fire," said Public Information Officer Bill French with the Tulsa Fire Department. French said that the woman was alive as of about 4:10 p.m. Friday, according to the chief fire investigator. 

The 33-year-old woman is suffering from second and third degree burns over at least 80% of her body after an apparent domestic abuse incident at what she says is an operating meth lab.  She told Tulsa Fire investigators that she was arguing with McCurley when he threw a chemical on her and set her on fire.

She is in critical condition at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa. She was able to extinguish the fire before firefighters arrived at 1:20 p.m., according to Officer Jason Willingham of the Tulsa Police Department.

Police found some components for manufacturing meth inside the house in the 300 block of East 4th St., though they are not calling it an active meth lab at this time.

Tulsa Police say the boyfriend was not in the house when they gained entry to the house, wearing hazardous materials masks and equipment.

The woman was on the front porch when firefighters arrived just after 1 p.m., according to Public Information Officer Bill French with the Tulsa Fire Department.

She told firefighters that her boyfriend had poured gasoline on her and that he was inside the house cooking meth, French said. She had burns from the neck down, according to the report.