Buffalo Grove police ID woman who died after setting herself on fire

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. -- Police have identified a 37-year-old woman who died after dousing herself with gasoline and setting herself ablaze at a gas station in north suburban Buffalo Grove.

She died in a hospital Saturday, a day after the fire. Police said the woman poured gasoline onto her clothing and body and set herself afire at a Circle K station.

Christian Bradley of Carpentersville told the Chicago Tribune he was driving by when he someone wearing a large, bulky coat on an unseasonably warm day, standing at a gas pump and lifting something with one hand. He says suddenly, flames exploded six feet into the air.

Bradley said the woman took a few steps and fell, and he and others doused the flames with clothing, a painter's tarp and a fire extinguisher.

An autopsy was scheduled for Sunday.

Police asked for the public's help to identify the woman over the weekend. Her name is expected to be released once her family is notified.

WLS-TV contributed to this report.
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