Woman set on fire burned over 90%


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – A man doused a woman with flammable liquid then set her ablaze, burning her over 90 percent of her body and injuring himself after the two had an argument, authorities said Monday.

The woman, whose name was not released, had taken a restraining order out against Lastarande Bell, police said. Authorities say the two argued Sunday night and Bell assaulted the woman with fire, also nearly destroying her home.

The victim and Bell were both at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday. The woman had burns on about 90 percent of her body, and Bell was being treated for burns to his hands.

Police said they planned to arrest Bell when he is released and charge him with attempted murder and arson.