Man Dies After Dousing Himself in Gasoline, Lighting Himself on Fire Outside Maine Convenience Store

No other injuries or property damage were reported

A 68-year-old man died overnight after he reportedly drove to a Maine convenience store and gas station, doused himself in gasoline and then set himself on fire.

The Maine Department of Public Safety said the state Fire Marshal's Office was contacted around 1 a.m. Tuesday by the Poland Fire Department and asked to respond to a fire at the Big Apple Convenience Store at 1510 Maine St. in their town.

When they arrived, investigators learned that a 68-year-old man had driven to the convenience store and parked next to a gas pump. He then removed a gas pump handle, poured gasoline on himself and walked a short distance away from the gas pumps, where he lit himself on fire.

An employee of the convenience store reportedly ran outside and put out the fire, but the man died as a result of his injuries.

The chief medical examiner's office has been contacted and the man's remains are set to be examined at a local funeral home. The man's name has not been released pending notification of family.

The incident remains under investigation. There were no other injuries or property damage as a result of the fire.

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