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Man catches fire in Gothenburg train station

TT/Rebecca Martin · 21 Nov 2011, 09:52

Published: 21 Nov 2011 09:52 GMT+01:00

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”All we know is that it's a man. We have no knowledge of his identity, nor of his age or any motive or even the circumstances of the incident,” said police officer Åsa Andersson to local paper Göteborgs-Posten (GP)

According to eye witness accounts, the man was standing outside a record shop at the central train station around 10.30pm, when he suddenly caught on fire.

”He just stood there burning outside the shop. After a while he started screaming. There were a few people about but they just watched him. I ran up to him, tore my coat off and managed to put the fire out together with another guy,” a tram driver who had been returning from break, told the paper.

The emergency services arrived within minutes, taking the by then seriously injured man to Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska hospital, where he was sedated.

The police have been at the hospital to try to piece together what happened, but the patient hasn't been in a condition to be questioned about the incident.

”He is sedated and will probably remain under for another couple of weeks, ” said Andersson to daily Expressen.

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According to the tram driver the man had said that he was 42-years-old, before he became to badly burnt to speak.

At this stage of the investigation, police don't suspecting that foul play lay behind the incident.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:31 November 21, 2011 by London_Jim
Self-immoliating in protest at the casino turning into an Upper Crust, perhaps?
15:26 November 21, 2011 by roaringchicken92
Nej. Just a poor single fellow trying to prove he was someone's Perfect Match.
19:10 November 21, 2011 by nolikegohome
Spontaneous human combustion google it.
09:03 November 22, 2011 by karex

From the (albeit scant) description given by witnesses I must confess that SHC was the first thing that passed my mind too. It is extremely rare - I beileve less than 300 reported cases world-wide in the past 200 years. But it still happens and to this day it is still unknown how and why this happens.
18:51 November 25, 2011 by tadchem
Did the man himself catch fire, or was it merely his clothing?

Also, to find a 'record shop' I would have to go to at least 1985.

Kudos to the tram driver, but this story is very deficient on the "Who, What, When, Where, How and Why."
23:20 November 26, 2011 by kerry1
The poor man, he is lucky to be alive. Bet it is Human Combustion,it does happen. See this link, an elderly pensioner in the West of Ireland died from it

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