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St. Paul woman set on fire

ST. PAUL -- A woman was in custody Monday in St. Paul after allegedly dousing another woman with gasoline and then setting her on fire.The doused woman suffered severe burns over much of her body.Police were called about 12:25 p.m. to the 700 blo...

ST. PAUL - A woman was in custody Monday in St. Paul after allegedly dousing another woman with gasoline and then setting her on fire.
The doused woman suffered severe burns over much of her body.
Police were called about 12:25 p.m. to the 700 block of Conway Street and found the injured 28-year-old woman. She and Laurel Lee Sykes had been arguing, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. The two women knew each other.
Sykes, 32, apparently put gasoline in a plastic cup and threw it on the other woman while in an apartment building staircase, according to Linders. A witness turned around, saw the woman on fire and helped put out the flames, Linders said.
Paramedics took the injured woman to Regions Hospital in St. Paul. She sustained burns to her face, neck, upper chest, both arms, both hands and her inner right leg, Linders said.
The injured woman was unable to immediately speak with police. Investigators are trying to determine what the argument was about.
Police arrested Sykes, of Maplewood, on suspicion of felony assault.

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