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Support pours in for Waukesha woman set on fire during attack

Posted at 10:08 AM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 11:08:23-04

WAUKESHA — Friday afternoon, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Office identified 39-year-old Joel Murn as the man responsible for an attack and several other fires in and around Waukesha.

Deputies said Amber Fuller was randomly attacked and set on fire when she was mistaken as a cousin of Murn's.

She was walking her dogs around 8:45 Wednesday morning when investigators said Murn started chasing her. Detectives said Murn poured a liquid on her and when she tripped and fell, he set her on fire.

Investigators said Fuller told them she began rolling around to put the fire out because she was quote engulfed in flames.

"Everyone's been chipping in. Everyone's been donating. Everyone saw the GoFundMe page," said Dr. Paul Ralston, of One Source Wellness and Chiropractic.

Since the attack, an outpouring of support was felt. A GoFundMe page set up by Fuller's sister has raised more than $30,000 to help Amber handle her medical costs.

"Who throws a fuel accelerant on someone, chases them down, and strikes a match... Who knows?," Ralston said.

Dr. Ralston runs 'One Source Wellness' where Amber works. He said it's frustrating to see a positive, hard-working person the victim of such a violent attack.

In a Facebook update, Fuller said the events have been challenging mentally, physically, and financially. She also thanks supporters for their help saying in-part: "I will hopefully be going home soon to continue my recovery and will know in about a week if surgery will be necessary."

Deputies said Murn also set two cars and a workshop on fire in Waukesha.

Murn is being charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, recklessly endangering safety, and three counts of arson.

He’s being held in the Waukesha County jail.

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