Monday, August 15, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE — Firefighters responded to Georgia Gwinnett College on Sunday night to douse a blazing vehicle officials believe was ignited by the car’s occupant to harm herself.
The older compact car went up in flames about 6:10 p.m. on the third story of a five-story parking deck at the university. Fire crews brought the blaze under control about 20 minutes later, said Fire Department spokesman Capt. Thomas Rutledge.
Rutledge said investigation “revealed evidence that the blaze was intentionally set by the vehicle occupant with the intent to cause harm to herself.”
He added that the woman is not a student at the college “and is in no way connected to the school.” Her identity was not released at the time of the report.
The blaze was contained to the original vehicle, and no other damage or serious injuries were reported. The vehicle’s owner was evaluated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation but wasn’t hospitalized, Rutledge said.