A New York City woman was seriously injured after she set herself on fire outside her lower East Side home in an attempt to “kill the demons inside her,” reports the New York Daily News.
The woman — who had severe burns below her waist — was listed in serious condition but was expected to survive. Firefighters found a lighter at the scene, but it was not immediately clear whether an accelerant was used.
The injured woman, who has a history of mental illness, was taken to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Neighbors used pots of water to douse the flames before firefighters and paramedics arrived.
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