”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.
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.