Professional Stuntman Sets Himself on Fire During Proposal

August 12, 2020 - 10:58 am
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This may be his greatest stunt yet.

It wasn't too long ago that a man in England accidentally burned down his apartment trying to propose to his girlfriend.

Well, professional stuntman Riky Ash decided to do one better.

During a decoy photo shoot organized to surprise his girlfriend Katrina Dobson, Ash set himself on fire, New York Post reports.

The stunt, which was captured on video, was a no-brainer for Ash, 52.

"I couldn’t see anything more impressive than proposing on fire," he told SWNS.

The proposal to Dobson, 48, required significant preparation, even for a pro like Ash.

“I sat down with a pen and paper,” said Ash, “then I contact relevant people, and put the idea to them.”

After assembling a team that included a cameraman, a producer and a safety crew, as well as getting proper equipment like protectant undergarments and a protective gel for his face, hair, hands and the back of his neck, the UK-based stuntman was finally ready for the big day.

With crew standing by holding fire extinguishers and a wet towel, Ash was lit ablaze and popped the big question: "Will you marry me Katrina Dobson?"

Talk about a hunk of burning love! -- Professional stuntman Riky Ash popped the question while aflame, during a decoy photoshoot set up to surprise his girlfriend, Katrina Dobson, a COVID-19-fighting nurse https://t.co/M6gzeQY3wv pic.twitter.com/PtbTfO67xx

— New York Post (@nypost) August 11, 2020

Ash, who has worked as a stuntman and body double for 27 years, says he was able to stay relaxed while on fire thanks to his "kung fu training," and that the nerve-wracking part was making sure the surprise went off without a hitch.

“This one, I’m more nervous about the actual proposal than being set on fire,” he said.

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