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Rest home resident sets herself on fire

Staff Writer

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries Wednesday after fire officials said she set herself on fire at a Lincoln County rest home.
Emergency Medical Services rushed Alisa Ault, 51, to Carolina’s Medical Center-Lincoln, where first-responders then airlifted her to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, for treatment for her injuries.
Boger City Fire Department’s Asst. Chief Bryan Lynch said the woman used a lighter to set herself on fire.
The incident took place around 11 a.m. in a facility hallway at Boger City Rest Home, located on Little Valley Lane in Lincolnton, where Ault lived, fire officials said.
Rodney Emmett, deputy fire marshal for Lincoln County, had no idea why the victim had a lighter at the time or if the incident served as a suicide attempt or other purposeful act.
Emmett did note fire crews later located cigarettes in her room.
Boger City firefighters were first to arrive on scene Wednesday.
They received the alert as a fire alarm call, Lynch said. North 321 Fire Department also responded to the facility.
Ault received life-threatening injuries in the incident, fire officials said.
Updates on her condition were not available at time of publication.

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