Detroit Gas Station Clerk Suffers Severe Burns After Man Sets Gas Station on Fire With Blow Torch: Cops

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Source: Detroit Police Department

Jun. 27 2023, Published 12:51 p.m. ET

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A man in Detroit is accused of using a blowtorch to set a gas station store on fire that trapped an employee who suffered serious injuries.

According to police, shortly before 3 a.m. on June 20, Julian Waddell Miller allegedly got into a dispute with a worker at a Sunoco gas station on West Seven Mile Road, the New York Post reported.

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During the fight Miller, 35, grabbed a trash bin and dumped garbage onto the floor inside the store, video shows.

Armed with a blowtorch, Miller is then seen in video setting the garbage on fire and walking out.

The blaze quickly spreads throughout the store, trapping the 27-year-old clerk behind the counter.


According to police, the employee was treated at an area hospital for first-degree burns.

After his recent arrest, Miller faces charges of intent to murder, first-degree arson, and multiple property damage and assault felonies, according to the Post.

He was initially released from custody after posting $100,000 bond.


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