Man lights himself on fire in Arroyo Grande
September 4, 2012
A witness told police the man, fully engulfed in flames, ran across the Swinging Bridge. He then collapsed against a tree just north of the bridge.
Several people rendered aid to the man estimated to be in his 50s.
The man sustained severe burns to most of his body and will be air lifted to the Fresno Burn Center for treatment.
Incidents of people setting themselves on fire have been on the increase during the current economic downturn. This year, a Knoxville man lit himself on fire in his front yard after receiving bad financial news, a man in England doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire outside an employment office and two Italian men burned themselves noting their desperate financial situations.