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Man Dies After Setting Himself on Fire

Portland Firefighters respond to reports of a human being who lit himself on fire.

Death investigation

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Firefighters in Portland responded to reports that a man had set himself on fire this morning just after 11:00 a.m. Lt.Damon Simmons with Portland Fire & Rescue, says this incident occurred on the NE corner of 12th and Yamhill.

"On arrival firefighters found an adult male who was not on fire but had serious burn injuries. Reports indicate that the man was put out by two Portland Police Officers and bystanders."

Simmons says the man was transported to Emanuel Hospital and is in critical condition at this point.

The patient's name will not be released by the Fire Bureau to respect patient confidentiality.

Portland Fire Investigators and Police are continuing to investigate.

The man involved in this incident has been pronounced dead at the hospital, Simmons said.

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Daniel January 28, 2010 5:32 pm (Pacific time)

The Oregonian reports the police office use a can of pepper spray by mistake !

Jane January 28, 2010 10:51 am (Pacific time)

This is so awful and it reminds us of the buddhist monk setting himself on fire on the streets of Saigon in protest of the war. Maybe this man did this act for the same reasons and we should ask ourselves why?

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