WJTV News Channel 12 - Claiborne Co. Sheriff: Gas-Doused Woman Nearly Killed in Fire

Claiborne Co. Sheriff: Gas-Doused Woman Nearly Killed in Fire

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Authorities in Claiborne County are looking into how what caused a woman to suffer burns to more than 85% of her body.

Courtney Williams was receiving treatment at a burn center in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday.

Doctors are keeping her sedated, Sheriff Marvin Lucas - who is in contact with the family - said.

Last Friday hospital officials in Port Gibson took a statement from Williams. Sheriff Lucas said her statement alleges the burning was accidental.

Sheriff Lucas said there was evidence of a trash fire happening during the time of Williams burning.

But Fire Marshals have found an accelerant - possibly gas -that may have fueled the fire. Lucas said the accelerant was covering Williams body at the time of the fire.

The Claiborne County Sheriff Department has responded to domestic disturbances at Williams' home in the past. Her mobile home is located on Old Colony Road just outside of Port Gibson.

"If it was my family and my child or my sister who go burned I would want to know why this happened. Who did this? Would she just go out there and do this on her own? I think not," Sheriff Lucas said.

"So I think some other investigation needs to be done. I urge the community, if there's anybody out there that had seen anything or knows anything to please call us," Sheriff Lucas said.

"This is a young lady whose life is at stake," Lucas said.

Williams boyfriend told authorities he was present during the fire. He also called the accident accidental.

Neighbors of the mobile home would not speak with News Channel 12 about past issues at Williams home.

Some neighbors said they feared retaliation if they shared more information.

The phone number for the Claiborne County Sheriff's Department is (601) 437-5161.

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