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A Georgia man who accidentally lit his wife ablaze is now trying to douse a legal inferno.

Authorities are set to charge Austin Dawkins, 37, with reckless endangerment after he started a fire last month that badly burned his wife while flicking a lighter next to his gas tank.

Security footage shows the pair talking while pumping gas at a Clarkesville gas station Oct 16 when flames burn Jessica Dawkins, 30.

A warrant has been issued for Mr Dawkins’ arrest, according to a statement from state fire safety commissioner Ralph Hudgens, which was first reported by CNN.

The inferno caused second and third-degree burns on Ms Dawkins’ legs, arms, back and head, the statement said, adding that Mr Dawkins also injured his hand.

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