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Acclaimed for handling the flames

Man receives Guinness Book of Records certification for feat

Posted: September 16, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Jayson Dumenigo demonstrates a skin-burn stunt as he displays his Guinness World Records certificate for the longest full-body burn without oxygen alongside the suit he wore while he accomplished the feat at his Canyon Country home on Thursday.

Local stuntman Jayson Dumenigo can now say he survived being set ablaze longer than any human being on record.

The 32-year-old Canyon Country stunt professional set himself on fire in March with hopes of breaking the world record for a person set on fire, which was recorded at four minutes, 45 seconds.

Five months later, he received official notification from the Guinness Book of Records that he indeed broke the world record for the longest full-body burn without oxygen.

The accomplishment means he endured flames to his body longer than anyone else on record.
“I’m very excited,” Dumenigo said. “It’s not like I discovered a country or a cure for cancer but in a very small way I made a mark.”

Dumenigo — a trained stunt professional who warns no one should try what he tried — runs a stunt company called Action Factory, which sells fire-retardant clothing and gels to professional stunt people.

“This was always meant to be a company thing,” he said.

On Mar. 28, in the parking lot of an industrial row on Santa Clara Street in Canyon Country, a crowd of about 40 friends, family members and stunt people formed a circle in front of Action Factory’s garage.

At about 7:30 p.m., Dumenigo walked stiffly in his protective suit to the center of the parking lot where crew members daubed him with flammable liquid.

Then, shortly after 7:35 p.m., he was set on fire.

Fully engulfed in flames, Dumenigo walked slowly in a small circle as cameras and videos recorded his death-defying feat.

Five minutes and 25 seconds later, crew toting fire extinguishers doused his flames.

Jayson Dumenigo left smouldering in the parking lot had — unofficially — broken the world record.

It wasn’t until he received official notification from Guinness, however, that his efforts landed him in the history books.

Official record
The Guinness Book of Records — widely accepted as the official chroniclers of world records — first notified Dumenigo by email in early August.

“I was working in New York when I got the email,” he told The Signal.

“It didn’t hit me maybe until later that night,” he said. “And, I thought, I have a small space in the history books.”

Although he and his wife, Julie, knew about the record-breaking news, they waited for written proof before telling anyone.

“We didn’t tell anyone,” Dumenigo said. “We wanted to wait until we got the certificate in the mail.”

Then, on Aug. 27, official recognition of his historic endeavor arrived quietly, and without fanfare, in a plain manila envelope.

And, although his name appears on the Guinness certificate and is expected to be reprinted in the next publication of the Guinness Book of Records, Dumenigo credits his whole team as having broken the record.

“I could not have done it without them,” he said. “It’s not a ‘me’ thing; it’s a ‘we’ thing.”

Dumenigo and his company work tirelessly in a competitive industry of stunt people vying for movie production contracts.

They plan on breaking another fire record — this time for the longest distance covered by a man on fire.


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