Meth blamed after man sets self on fire

5 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, September 17 2014 Sep 17, 2014 Wednesday, September 17, 2014 7:31:00 AM CDT September 17, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

SIKESTON (AP) - A southeast Missouri man is hospitalized and expected to face drug charges after accidentally setting himself on fire.

The Sikeston Standard Democrat reports that a caller on Monday night told police that a man was on fire. Officers found the man on the side of the road screaming in pain. By then, the fire was out.

Witnesses reported seeing an explosion inside a car. Police say a "shake-and-bake" methamphetamine lab exploded, causing the man to catch fire. Others in the car kicked him out onto the street and left the scene.

Police say the man has second- and third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body. He was flown to a Cape Girardeau hospital and is being treated in the burn unit.

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