LUFKIN - While sitting around a fire with her friends, a teenager was engulfed in flames when a man poured gasoline from a container onto the fire.
Recia A. Guillory and Debet A. Hebert filed the lawsuit against Jeffrey Kilgore on Aug. 21 in the Eastern District of Texas, Lufkin Division.
According to the suit, on Jan. 22, 2011, teenager Recia Guillory was engulfed in fire when defendant Kilgore allegedly poured gasoline from a container onto the fire.
Guillory rolled on the ground to stop herself from burning but was unable to extinguish the fire. She removed her pants and her friends eventually beat out the fire which was burning Recia's legs, stomach and hands, the suit states. Due to the severity of the burns, Guillory was transported by helicopter to Shriner's Hospital for Children in Galveston.
According to the lawsuit, Kilgore was on the premises due to his status as a member of the Bear Creek Hunting Club.
Kilgore is accused of negligence for failing to warn Guillory of the dangerous situation prior to pouring gasoline on the fire. He is also accused of gross negligence by being aware of the extreme degree of risk created by pouring gasoline on an open fire.
Guillory is asking for an award of damages for medical expenses, physical and mental scars, physical impairment, disfigurement, pain and suffering and mental anguish, exemplary damages and court costs.
The plaintiffs are represented by Houston attorney Aaron Pool of Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool in Houston. A jury trial is requested.
U.S. District Judge Ron Clark is assigned to the case.
Case No. 9:12-cv-00127