Winnsboro Woman in Critical Condition After Self Immolation

A Winnsboro woman is in critical condition at the Augusta Burn Center after setting herself on fire Oct. 12 on the railroad tracks near the Mill Village.

Ellawee Mobley, 54, of Willow Street in Winnsboro, reportedly called 9-1-1 at 10:52 a.m. Oct. 12 and told the operator she had set herself on fire in a suicide attempt. Mobley then hung up on dispatchers without giving her name or location. A trace of the call allowed responders to find Mobley on the tracks behind Buckthorn Street, off Birch Street.

When firefighters and the Sheriff’s Office arrived, the fire had gone out. Mobley was conscious, but had suffered burns over 80 percent of her body, the Sheriff’s Office said. She was able to give investigators her name before being transported to the Burn Center.

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