SLO homeless man dies from fire
July 9, 2011
A homeless man who had been staying along the creek that runs behind the Elk’s Lodge in San Luis Obispo, died Friday night after his tent caught on fire, possibly from a candle. [KSBY]
A woman who was in the area tried to put out the flames and then ran to get help.
San Luis Obispo firefighters arrived to find the man in his 60s still on fire. He was transported to an area hospital with burns covering about 85 percent of his body.
He died shortly thereafter.
This is the second death in the homeless encampment that includes about a dozen tents and lean-to shelters during the past year. About a year ago, an elderly man told CalCoastNews that he woke up during a cold spell to find his wife had died during the night.