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Suit: Women burned by flaming rum
Bacardi has said it warns against setting rum on fire

Tuesday, August 1, 2006; Posted: 11:33 a.m. EDT (15:33 GMT)

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Manage Alerts | What Is This? MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Two women have sued wine and spirit maker Bacardi, claiming they were seriously burned by flaming rum during a night out.

Agata Macierzynska is a friend of Danielle Alleyne, who had previously sued the company over an August 2002 incident at a Miami night club. Alleyne, of Miami, sued the company last week.

Both women say they suffered serious burns after being hit by the flaming rum and claim in their lawsuits that one of Bacardi's products is defective and dangerous. Both were filed in Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.

The company has said its product is clearly labeled with warnings against setting fire to it. The Miami-based company said Monday it had not been served with Macierzynska's lawsuit and could not comment on it.

A bartender, who was not identified in either lawsuit, was pouring shots of Bacardi 151 when a customer lit a menu on fire and placed it in the stream of alcohol. The bottle that was being used to pour the shots turned into a flame thrower and sent flaming rum all over Macierzynska, the lawsuit said.

Macierzynska suffered second and third degree burns on her face, neck, arms, underarms, ears, back and hands and is permanently disabled and disfigured, the lawsuit said.

Alleyne suffered similar burns, her lawsuit said.

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