The City of Tonawanda Police are investigating a domestic incident in which a man allegedly set a woman on fire.
Captain Fredric Foels said the incident occurred around 3 p.m. at Niagara and Seymour on Monday afternoon.
In a news release, Captain Foels said the suspect, a 28-year-old man, hid in the dumpster corral area behind a Tim Hortons and called the victim, a 25-year-old woman who works at the Tim Hortons.
She was later identified as Jessica Cameron, a mother of three young boys, according to her family.
The suspect asked the Cameron to come out to the dumpster “to talk”.
When she came out to the dumpster area, the suspect splashed her with some flammable liquid and lit her on fire.
Due to his proximity to the victim, the suspect also was caught on fire. Both the suspect and the victim are being treated at ECMC.
Cameron remains there in critical condition, according to her family.
“The man did make a comment to officers as they were putting him in the ambulance that, yea I caught her on fire, arrest me,” said Capt. Foels.
Captain Foels said the victim and suspect are boyfriend and girlfriend and have two children between them ages 4 and 2.
They are safe with a relative, according to police. Charges are pending and detectives are taking witness statements.
Captain Foels said the owner of the Tim Hortons closed the business because of the employees being upset.
The location is planned to re-open at 10:00 p.m. on Monday night.
A GoFundMe has been started to help Cameron. Find it here.