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PD: Man dies after lighting himself on fire

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The Willimantic Police Department confirmed that a man died after he lit himself on fire at a gas station Saturday night.

According to police, an unidentified man doused himself with gasoline at Chuckie's Gas Station on West Main Street and then lit himself on fire.

Police told Eyewitness News bystanders along with the store clerk and a retired Norwich Police Officer helped put out the blaze using fire extinguishers.

"The bystanders put themselves at risk attempting to save the individuals life, minimized property damage and prevented any further danger to the public," said police Sgt. Rob Rosado in a statement Sunday.

The clerk was able to shut off the gas before further fuel could be released, police said.  

One of the people, who tried to help the man was retired Norwich Police Officer Ryamond Berry. He told Eyewitness News that in all his years on the force, he had never seen someone "fully engulfed in flames."

"It is not the typical thing that you see when you are going to the gas station," Berry said.

He was driving by when he saw the gas pump on fire. He asked the people driving to stop the car and he ran out toward to the fire.

Berry said it took multiple fire extinguishers to put out the fire on the man and pump.

The man was taken to the Windham Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Connecticut Medical Examiner's Office is expected to perform an autopsy on the man's body to determine the cause of death.

Police said, "no foul play is involved and the individual self-inflicted injuries."

The Willimantic Fire Marshall is investigating incident.

Investigators are not releasing the man's name until notification of next of kin.

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