I've often started camp fires the same way..
A favorite story about a buddy of mine:
Before I start, let me say that the main character has been an active scout leader for years. All three of his boys made Eagle. So, they SHOULD have lit a camp fire or two over the years...
Anyway, the oldest son decided to have a big party with several other guys that he was renting a house with. They are out in the country - so little worry about ticking off the neighbors. This is early fall, so it was getting a bit cool in the evening. The day before, they piled up a big pile of wood for what was to be a bon-fire. That night and the next day, it rained...
So, when they go to light the fire, it doesn't. Then my buddy takes control (under the watchful eye of his 3 Eagle scouts). Dumps a quart or so of gasoline onto the pile of wood. Puts the gas can down well away from the pile of wood then walks back and tosses a match into the woodpile.
WHOOOSHHHH!!! The fumes from the gas had spread out around the file to a distance of about 10 feet! Flames singed his ankles!
His wife about had a heart attack!
Needless to say, I will never let him live it down!