"Only cotton and quick thinking saved this man's privates from going up in flames," reports a CBS affiliate.
"This man" is Sheldon Gonzalez, who found out that his girlfriend Berlinda Dixon-Newbold had set his groin aflame during his sleep.
Gonzalez told police the trouble began Tuesday night – he got home late – she needed attention – but he was tired and dosed off on the couch…then – what a rude awakening.
“The flame was right here,” he said, pointing at his crotch. “I just felt the heat in my groin area and I just reacted and she was right over me with…the lighter burning the t-shirt I was wearing.“
“Did you see any fire down there?” asked CBS 4’s Ted Scouten. “Yes,” he said.
Dixon-Newbold is in jail and being charged with aggravated assault. Neither the victim nor the assailant are redheaded.