WEAR, March 31, 2022
Family has identified the Circle K store clerk who was set on fire Wednesday afternoon.
Joie Hellmich, 37, was confirmed by family to Channel 3 to be the woman who was set on fire at the Circle K on Massachusetts Avenue. Hellmich is a mother of two.
The sheriff’s office says 30-year-old Betty McFadden doused Joie in gasoline and then lit her on fire a Circle K she worked at in Pensacola Wednesday.
Sheriff Chip Simmons says she has suffered severe life-threatening injuries.
A second employee was hospitalized for minor burns after trying to help the clerk.
Betty McFadden, 30, was told “not to panhandle” outside the service station, according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. She then left to retrieve a gas can and brought it back to the service station, dousing a clerk in gas, throwing a match, and setting her on fire.
McFadden is now in Escambia County Jail, charged with first degree premeditated murder.