(KETK/NBC News) — A woman set on fire during a gas station robbery says her faith in people has not waivered since the terrifying attack.
Della Witt-Denizeri was visiting her friend, cashier Linda Camire, at The Pit Stop convenience store on February 21st when Robert Thompson entered the store.
Thompson, who was armed with a gun, bound both women with duct tape, doused them in lighter fluid, and then set Witt-Denizeri on fire.
“I really anticipated being shot in the head. I didn’t anticipate a fire at all, had no idea until he started throwing it on us, throwing the fluid,” she recalls.
Witt-Denizeri was able to run to a nearby ice cooler and douse the flames as soon as Thompson fled, stopping the fire before it could spread to her friend, who was still bound on the floor.
“We’re here for a reason and if the reason ends up being a bad reason, it’s still the best reason that you could possibly be on earth for. And if my reason is to save someone from being burned to death, or being burned to death with her just so we’re both the same, not afraid and not alone, that would have been fine, too, but that would have been the worst death I would have ever thought about,” she says.