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Man set on fire in Concord in apparent accident

A man suffered severe burns after some gas he spilled on himself was lit during a disturbance Thursday afternoon in Concord, police said. Firefighters responded to a medical call at 2:21 p.m. in the 1100 block of Meadow Lane.

Police spokesman Cpl. David Petty said:

“(The man) was a party to a disturbance and inadvertently spilt gas on himself.”

Petty said:

“The gas was subsequently lit and ignited and he suffered some severe, non-life-threatening burns.”

The 39-year-old man was flown to the burn center at the University of California at Davis.

Petty said there’s no indication this was an act of protest and it was not being investigated as arson as of Thursday afternoon.

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