PRUNEDALE, Calif. (CBSLA.com) — A man was burned after inadvertently spilling gas on himself while attempting to light a cigarette.
Sgt. Simpson of the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office says the man, described as a transient, had run out of gas Saturday night.
He explains that the car was parked on the side of the road near a used car dealership on Reese Circle in Prunedale California.
By morning, Simpson says the man walked to a gas station to get fuel.
After retrieving a can of fuel, he returned to the vehicle and unknowingly spilled gas on himself.
That’s when he was engulfed in flames after attempting to light a cigarette.
The sergeant explains that a good Samaritan saw the man on fire, and ran to his aid.
That person began removing the man’s burning clothes.
The man was transported to the hospital, but his current condition was not known.
No one else was injured.