Waurika man sets wife on fire

March 15th, 2010 by

WAURIKA, OK — An Oklahoma man is behind bars after he admitted to pouring gasoline on his wife’s head and then setting her on fire.

Crime tape still hangs around the house and the porch light was still on Tuesday afternoon – a grim reminder of what happened late Thursday night.

“I responded to a call of someone burning,” Waurika Police Chief Earnest Tolle said.

The arguing began inside the couple’s Waurika home and ended outside in the garage. That is when 51-year-old Scott Allen Black claimed his wife poured gasoline on their camping gear. Court records show Black then stated to his wife “If we are going to do this, let’s do it right.” What happened next is what prompted the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to step in.

“He grabbed the gasoline can and poured it on her head and ignited her with a cigarette lighter,” OSBI spokesperson Stan Florence said.

Authorities say Black tried to put the flames out once his wife was on fire, but not before more than 30 percent of her body was burned.

“He was able to get her into the house into a shower stall, and that’s how she was finally put out,” Florence said.

Black was charged with one felony count of arson. His wife is in a metro hospital in critical condition.

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