As the movie progresses, Dixon ends up getting fired from the local police force because he brutally beats up the head of the ad agency that is responsible for displaying the billboards. Shortly after Dixon is fired, somebody sets the three billboards on fire, and Mildred assumes that it was Dixon. In retaliation, she throws a series of Molotov cocktails at the police station, setting it aflame and badly damaging the building. There is a wrench thrown into the machine, however: Mildred doesn’t realize that Dixon is inside the police station when she sets it on fire, and he is severely burned in the process of escaping. Additionally, the only thing that Dixon saves from the building is the case file for Mildred’s daughter, which Mildred finds after Dixon passes out from his injuries.