Man fighting for his life in hospital with severe 90% burns after ‘setting himself on fire’ on Manchester petrol station forecourt

Man fighting for his life in hospital with severe 90% burns after ‘setting himself on fire’ on Manchester petrol station forecourt

  • The unnamed man is said to have suffered burns across 90% of his body
  • Emergency services sped to a Tesco petrol station in Blackley, Manchester 
  • Cops are expected to work through the night to figure out why this happened 

A man is currently fighting for his life in a life-threatening condition after he reportedly set himself on fire at a petrol station. 

Emergency services sped to a Tesco petrol station in Blackley, Manchester, at 7:35 on Monday evening after the as-yet-unnamed man set himself alight on the forecourt. 

He is reportedly in hospital suffering with burns across 90% of his body.

A ‘burnt out suitcase’ could be seen at the site of the incident, as well as two fire extinguishers and a large empty bottle. 

A burnt shoe could also be seen at the scene, though it is not know who it belonged to.  

A burnt shoe could also be seen at the scene, though it is not know who it belonged to

Detectives are expected to be working through the night to figure out why the man set fire to himself

Detectives are expected to be working through the night to figure out why the man set fire to himself

Emergency services raced to the Tesco petrol station in Blackley, Manchester on Monday night

Emergency services raced to the Tesco petrol station in Blackley, Manchester on Monday night

It is not currently known why the man reportedly set himself on fire, and detectives are working to figure this out. 

Crime scene investigators from Greater Manchester Police were seeing poring over the scene of the incident, with a forensic officer being spotted taking swabs from across the forecourt.

The petrol station is usually open till midnight, but was closed off from 7:40 pm onwards. It is believed investigation work will continue through the night. 

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘At around 7.35pm, officers were called to reports for the concern of the welfare of a man on Victoria Avenue East, Manchester.

A man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, where he remains in a life-threatening condition. A cordon remains in place.’

Detectives were seen combing through a burnt out suitcase looking for clues

Detectives were seen combing through a burnt out suitcase looking for clues

Crime scene investigators from Greater Manchester Police were seeing poring over the scene of the incident

Crime scene investigators from Greater Manchester Police were seeing poring over the scene of the incident

The petrol station is usually open till midnight, but was closed off from 7:40 pm onwards

The petrol station is usually open till midnight, but was closed off from 7:40 pm onwards

A spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘At 7.30pm this evening, firefighters were called to a supermarket on Victoria Avenue, Manchester.

‘Two fire engines from Philips Park and Whitefield fire stations arrived quickly at the scene. 

‘Fire crews helped a male casualty at the scene, including trauma care, before they were conveyed to hospital via our colleagues at North West Ambulance Service. GMFRS remain at the scene.’

MailOnline has contacted Tesco for comment.  

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