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Man badly burned in Provo trash bin fire

Published February 11, 2013 3:54 pm

22-year-old has burns on 80 percent of his body.
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A man was hospitalized in critical condition after suffering burns on about 80 percent of his body in a fire that consumed a trash bin near a Provo convenience store Monday afternoon.

Provo Police Lt. Matthew Siufanua said that officers responded to a 7-Eleven store at 545 Columbia Lane and found the man "fully engulfed" in flames.

Nearby witnesses were able to put out the blaze using fire extinguishers from the store, but the man had already been mostly burned by that time, Siufanua said.

The fire started at a trash bin on the store's east side. The man walked from the bin to the front of the store and continued to another bin on the store's west side.

The man was able to tell firefighters his age — 22 — but not his name, so his identity remained unknown Monday evening, Siufanua said.

The man was conscious when he was transported to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center. He was later taken to the burn center at University Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Siufanua said the fire's cause was still under investigation.

Provo fire Chief Gary Jolley said the man suffered "devastating injuries."

Provo Police and the Provo Fire Marshal's Office are jointly investigating the incident, Siufanua said.


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