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Officers find man on fire running from vehicle engulfed in flames in Athens

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Police believe a man may have accidentally set himself on fire while setting a car on fire late Wednesday night in Athens.

But so far, they have not released a possible motive for the crime and they have not yet released the man’s name.

The man's condition was also not immediately known Thursday.

Around 11:20 p.m. officers on patrol saw a vehicle fully engulfed in flames in the 100 block of Cone Drive, according to Athens-Clarke County police.

“A male was running from the vehicle,” police spokeswoman Ms. Hilda Sorrow said. “He was carrying a gas can, which was on fire and his leg was also on fire. He threw the can down and fell to the ground, rolling around to extinguish the flames.”

Officers made contact with the man and learned his identity. They called for help and emergency services responded and transported him to Athens Regional Medical Center.

“He is a suspect in this incident,” Ms. Sorrow said.

The fire department was also called to extinguish the fire and assist in the investigation. Investigators said the vehicle was owned by a woman who lives on another street. It’s unclear if she and the suspect know each other.

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