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August 20, 2009

R.I.P. Cecilia Casals UPDATE Woman Sets Self On Fire In Mall Dies

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R.I.P. Cecilia Casals
Aug 19 2009
http://trouble.pwblogs.com/2009/08/19...

Cecilia Casals, 43, went to the Mall of the Americas in Miami, where her daughter worked, and set herself on fire. She was ablaze for about two and a half minutes, during which she reportedly walked slowly without making a sound. The flames were doused by firefighters and she was rushed to a hospital. But yesterday she died.

According to news reports, she had a criminal history, mental illness and had been desperately trying to get psychiatric help, to no avail. The very sensitive NBCMiami.com features the headline: Human Torch Dies After Mall Blaze. Is that a class act or what?

The real class act is John Torres who, rather than breaking out his cell phone, injured himself trying to help her.

Woman Sets Herself On Fire At Mall Of The Americas

A woman tried to commit suicide by setting herself on fire inside the Mall of the Americas in West Miami-Dade on Thursday, August 13, 2009.

A Good Samaritan pushed the woman to the ground in an attempt to extinguish the fire. Two other people used fire extinguishers to help. After the fire was out, Casals walked out of the mall and into the parking lot where firefighters found her with third-degree burns on more than 75 percent of her body. Police and fire officials are looking into a motive.

Casals walked into Savage Boutique at about 3 p.m. and appeared to be drenched in gasoline when she lit herself on fire, then walked around engulfed in flames as shocked shoppers watched, authorities said.

The woman's husband told @mrjyn http://twitter.com/mrjyn he did not know why his wife set herself on fire, but he did give this revealing bit of information: he said their oldest daughter worked at Savage Boutique. Eyewitness told @mrjyn http://twitter.com/mrjyn they thought it resembled something out of a movie. Three people were also injured trying to rescue her. "It looked like a big fireball," said John Torres, as he broke open a glass case to grab the fire extinguisher. "I know she lost all her clothing."