FORT WORTH -- Two women in a convenience store were burned in an assault in the early hours of Monday morning when another woman entered the store and doused them with a flammable liquid that ignited.

The women were inside the Buy & Save convenience store in the 2700 block of Azle Avenue playing video games around 2:30 a.m. when the suspect entered and sprayed them with an unknown liquid, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department.

Store clerk Nabil Hilo said within the seconds, the victims were on fire and screaming for help.

"It was horrible... Especially because here, we are at a gas station," Hilo said.

He quickly helped the women outside and tried to put out the flames.

It is unclear why the women were attacked or how the liquid was ignited.

Biancha Sanchez, 19, was identified as the more severely burned victim by her father, who showed up to the store later in the afternoon.

She was taken by CareFlite to Parkland Burn Center with life-threatening burns. The second victim was transported by Medstar to Parkland as well, with non-life threatening burns. Hilo also received minor burns as he helped the women.

The suspect fled in a vehicle with another person.

Police and fire investigators were at the scene Monday morning. Fort Worth police said the suspect is on the loose, but they have an idea of who they are looking for at this time.


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