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Authorities: Man tried to immolate himself in Nashua parking lot

January 18. 2017 5:28AM
Authorities said two witnesses put out a man who was on fire in a Nashua parking lot Tuesday night, using jackets and snow from the ground. (COURTESY)

NASHUA -- Officials said a pair of passers-by came to the aid of a man who tried to immolate himself in a city parking lot Tuesday night, using jackets and snow from the ground to put out the fire.

Police and fire said they received the report of the unidentified man on fire just before 10:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Headlines store at 37 East Hollis St.

According to a press release from the Nashua Fire Department, the man had just purchased gasoline from a nearby gas station, poured it over his head and ignited himself.

The Fire Department said the man suffered burns over at least 20 percent of his upper torso, but was conscious and breathing. He was taken to Southern New Hampshire Medical Center.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Nashua Police Department at (603) 594-3500 or the Nashua crimeline at (603) 589-1665.

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