ATHENS, Ala. (WAFF) – Athens authorities confirm a man set himself on fire outside Walmart in Athens.
According to police, bystanders said the man doused himself with gasoline, ran into the store, went back out, went to a corner of the parking lot and lit himself on fire.
Athens Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Toby Carter said when firefighters arrived, Athens police officers were using fire extinguishers they keep in their patrol cars to put the fire out. Responders carried the man to Athens-Limestone Hospitals helipad to await medical transport by helicopter.
A man doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire Thursday night at a north Alabama Walmart, police said.
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.
Here are warning signs to watch for if you fear someone is suicidal and resources that can help those thinking of harming themselves or who fear a loved one might harm themselves.
Sources: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and The Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resource Coalition