According to police, the woman, who received second degree burns in the accident:
…was filling up a gas can, which was sitting on the passenger seat of the car. [She] then used a lighter to . . . observe how full the can was.
The gas can exploded, setting the car alight, which she then proceeded to push, presumably out of fear that the gas pump that she had been using would catch fire.
When police and firefighters arrived, the car was five feet from the gas pumps and the woman had suffered second-degree burns to her right wrist and right thigh. She was treated at the scene then taken to Silver Cross Hospital, who describe her injuries as serious but not life threatening.