Police say a man purposely set himself on fire outside a Hudson Valley gas station.


On Sunday around 4 a.m., City of Newburgh police received a report of a man on fire at the Shell gas station on Broadway.

Police learned told that a man in his late 30s purchased a pre-paid amount of gasoline. The man then went outside to the pump and proceeded to pour gasoline over his entire body.

He then purposely lit himself on fire, police say. Witnesses attempted to put the fire out with snow.

The City of Newburgh Fire Department and Mobile Life support services responded to the scene. The man was taken to St. Luke’s hospital before being transported to Westchester Medical where he is listed in critical condition, police say.

Authorities aren’t releasing the man’s name at this time. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the City of Newburgh Police Department at (845) 561-3131.

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