Police: Youngstown man sets self on fire while trying to kill partner

youngstown, ohio fire domestic violence


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown police and fire crews went to a home on the city’s northeast side Tuesday morning where it appears a man accidentally set himself on fire after trying to burn down his house.

“When officers got here, the gentleman ran out of the residence on fire,” Youngstown Police Lieutenant Ramon Cox said.

The Youngstown fire department came to the scene and extinguished the flames on the man’s body.

Police said that earlier, the man tried to kill a woman in the home they shared. The man cut the gas lines in the home and tried to set it on fire, but ended up setting himself on fire, according to Cox.

The man suffered third degree burns, and emergency medical workers took him and the woman to St. Elizabeth’s hospital. Police have not identified the people involved in the dispute.

“There are times when the domestic violence reaches a point of attempting to set the house on fire, and that’s when we have to get involved,” Youngstown Fire Batralion Chief, Gary DiTullio

The gas emergency added to the chaos at the scene. Neighbors in several houses nearby were evacuated for safety. Cierra Whitfield was home with her three-year-old son.

“He told me to evacuate my home, to go to my parents’ home, because there might be a gas explosion. So me and my son left,” Whitfield said.

 

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s