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.