A troubling scene on North Avenue in Burlington Monday afternoon, where a woman killed herself in a very public way.
Around 12:30 p.m., police and fire crews were called to a Champlain Farms Shell gas station where a woman had reportedly doused herself in gasoline and then lit herself on fire. The woman was transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care where she was later pronounced dead.
After an initial investigation, police believe it was an intentional act of suicide and that the death is not suspicious.
"There is nothing here that would lead us to believe that there was any kind of mechanical problem with the pumps, the car or anything like that. The public shouldn't be afraid," Burlington Police Sgt. Jason Lawson said. "It looks like it was an intentional act by the individual... It looks like she was trying to commit suicide."
Police will not release the name of the woman until her family has been notified, but say she was in her 30s and from Burlington.
The manager of the store reportedly moved quickly to shut off the supply of gas to the pumps to prevent a larger fire, and also rushed out with a fire extinguisher to douse the flames. The gas station owners called the manager a hero.
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