This is the horrific moment a couple became human fireballs as they were engulfed in flames in a New York street. William Salazar, 32, ispictured with his clothes alight as he desperately tried to put out the fire. He died four days later in hospital from 50 percent burns.
On the floor, his 50-year-old lover Agnes Bermudez lies screaming in pain as flames roar along her body.
The terrifying images, captured on CCTV cameras, show Mr Salazar desperately running into a shop, where he opens a fridge door in a desperate search for water.
The shopkeeper and his assistant lurch out the way of his flaming body and grab gallon-sized jugs to throw over both of them, sending smoke pouring into the air. But the blaze had caught hold of their apartment block in the Queens area of New York, and three people died in the ensuing fire.
The shocking video was shown to a jury at the trial of Bermudez, who was horribly disfigured in the blaze. She is charged with four counts of murderfor allegedly dousing Mr Salazar in carpet cleaning solution and igniting him, killing him and three of his upstairs neighbours in the June 2008 fire.
As Mr Salazar was being treated for his injuries he told a friend at the scene that it was Bermudez who attacked him, a court in New York was told.
‘Agnes is crazy. She threw that s*** on me and the whole place went on fire,’ he is said to have told Sebastian Castro.
The jury was told that Mr Salazar and his ex-girlfriend had a drunken brawl the weekend before the incident.
Raul Palacios, Mr Salazar’s flatmate, said he had punched Bermudez in the face in a row over a laptop computer, Mr Palacios said: ‘He jumped on her. He was mad. He was drunk.’
He also claimed that Bermudez attacked Mr Salazar in a nightclub because he was dancing with another girl.
‘She started to yell at him, “You are nothing. You owe me everything.”She gave him a slap,’ Mr Palacios said.
The court was also told that Salazar’s roommate, José Chacon, told police he’d heard the couple arguing before the inferno and that he had screamed: ‘Kill me, Kill me!’ before the fire broke out.
She allegedly replied: ‘I’m going to kill you. I already know about the girl. You think I’m stupid? You’re going to pay for this!’
Bermudez appeared in court wearing a black suit but the skin around her neck and face was badly scarred by the burns.
In his opening statement her lawyer, David McGruder, claimed that Salazar had set her client on fire, not the other way round.
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