Joseph Allen Hernandez
(mugshot from prior arrest)
Sequoyah County deputies are investigating a Marble City fire that sent two females and the suspect to Tulsa hospitals.
Undersheriff Greg Cox said deputies responded to a house fire at a mobile home in Marble City on Wednesday and found three burn victims.
Joseph Allen Hernandez, 31, of Marble City, is suspected of dousing two female relatives with gasoline and setting them on fire.
A 62-year-old female relative of Hernandez, along with a 79-year-old female relative who is wheelchair-bound, were med-evac’d, along with Hernandez, to Tulsa hospitals.
Cox said the 62-year-old female is in extremely critical condition, while the 79-year-old female and Hernandez are both in critical condition. All three are currently on ventilators, according to Cox, due to the flammable liquid and fumes inhaled.
Both female victims claim Hernandez poured gasoline on them and set them on fire. Hernandez claims he was smoking a cigarette near a gallon gas can when the fumes ignited and he accidentely poured the gas on one of the females.
The mobile home was a total loss.
Hernandez has a history of assault and battery with a dangerous/deadly weapon charges, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. He was just released from prison May 28 after serving two years of a five-year sentence for a 2017 conviction for assault and/or battery with a dangerous weapon. He is currently on probation from the same charges.
Authorities are obtaining search warrants as the investigation continues.
Cox said Hernandez faces a couple of first-degree arson charges.
Pam Cloud, Managing News Director
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