Man set himself on fire in parking lot of Concord Mall, authorities say

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Bill Hutchinson

People at a shopping mall in Concord witnessed a man setting himself on fire Monday night, putting out the flames and calling for help, authorities said. The man was airlifted to the burn center at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Witnesses called 911 around 9:46 p.m. Monday to report a man on fire outside a Lucky supermarket in a mall at 5190 Clayton Road, said Steve Hill, spokesman for the fire protection district. of Contra Costa County. Witnesses extinguished the flames using water bottles and blankets, Concord Police Department Lt. Tamara Roberts said, and the man was airlifted to hospital.

The man, whose name and other identifying information has not been released, suffered second-degree burns to about 60% of his body, according to medics at the scene, Hill said. He was listed in critical condition on Tuesday and may not survive, Roberts said.

“It’s not looking good unfortunately,” she said.

Roberts said witness accounts and evidence at the scene clearly indicated the man had set himself on fire.

Michael Cabanatuan (he/him) is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @ctuan