Woman dies after setting herself on fire inside her home, Clearwater Police say

4:24 PM, Jan 16, 2014   |    comments
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Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater Police believe a 44-year-old woman who was found engulfed in flames had set herself on fire.

The woman died shortly after she was flown to Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg. Her husband says he found her on fire in the garage of their Clearwater home.

Firefighters raced to the house on Lemonwood Street, which is near US 19 and Drew Street. Her husband called for help just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Clearwater police say she was in or around the home's one-car garage, engulfed in flames.

Police and firefighters called out experienced fire investigators, the Pinellas County Sheriff's CSI unit, and an arson dog to look for clues.

Investigators say she had third-degree burns -- the worst kind -- over her entire body.

First-degree burns cause red skin and minor pain. Second-degree burns generally lead to blisters and severe pain. Third-degree burns involve damage to all of the layers of the skin and often cause permanent damage.

On Thursday afternoon, investigators said they believed the woman had set herself on fire; two gas cans and a lighter were found near her body in the garage, and a suicide note was also discovered.

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