Athens police issue statement on Walmart incident – News Courier

Athens police issue statement on Walmart incident - News Courier

BREAKING: Man douses himself with gasoline, sets himself on fire at Athens Walmart

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A man doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire Thursday night at a north Alabama Walmart, police said.

Hollman says responders found the man outside on the northeast side of Walmart. According to Athens Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Toby Carter, when firefighters arrived, four Athens police officers were using fire extinguishers from their vehicles to put the fire out.

Athens Fire and Rescue responded to a call around 6:41 p.m. Thursday that a man may have covered himself in fuel before setting himself on fire. Responders found the man outside on the northeast side of the Athens Walmart, fire officials said.

Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson said bystanders told officers the man doused himself with gasoline, ran into Walmart, came back out into the parking lot and set himself on fire. No bystanders were injured. Four police officers used fire extinguishers from their vehicles to put out the fire.

Responders took the man to Athens-Limestone Hospitals helipad to await medical transport by helicopter.

According to Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson, bystanders told officers the man doused himself with gasoline, ran into Walmart, came back out into the parking lot and set himself on fire.

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The Athens police chief says bystanders told officers the man doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire.


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