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Coitsville man flown to burn unit after setting self on fire



Published: Mon, April 29, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

Staff report

COITSVILLE

A man was sent to a burn unit Saturday evening after catching himself on fire while trying to clear brush from his yard.

Francis Camouse, of John White Road, was attempting to burn piles of brush with an accelerant when the fire spread to his clothing and he caught on fire, according to Chief Chris Manack of the Coitsville Fire Department.

Neighbors heard Camouse yelling and called the fire department, who responded about 5:40 p.m., Manack said.

“He probably didn’t notice he got some of the accelerant on the ground or on his clothes, and he was at the center of the pile so when he lit it, it just spread,” Manack said.

Manack said the burns were to the lower part of his body. Officials from the Paul and Carol David Foundation Burn Institute in Akron confirmed that Camouse was a patient, but could not release information on his condition.

Camouse won’t be cited for the fire, but Manack said the state has a no-burn clause in effect, especially due to the recent drought.

“A lot of townships have cleanup areas where you can take brush, and our township has one like that,” Manack said.

Manack said he does not promote the use of accelerants for any fire because of the risk of spreading.

“When you use an accelerant, fumes are released, too, and even the fumes in the air can start a fire,” Manack said.


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1Askmeificare(667 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

"Francis Camouse, of John White Road, was attempting to burn piles of brush with an accelerant when the fire spread to his clothing and he caught on fire, according to Chief Chris Manack of the Coitsville Fire Department."

Look, I'm not trying to be negative here, but the guy was asking for it, wasn't he?

I'm sure he's a nice guy, but lazy, right?

He should have taken his brush to a collection site, or even a wildlife habitat, but he made a decision, a personal life changing decision to take a risk. A risk he probably had managed time and again without incident.

This time he lost, right? So what is next? All of us will be asked to donate something to his fundraiser because he can't pay his bills? Why should we foot the bill for this guy when he certainly knew better?

You want to help this guy? Get him some "brain food" puzzles.

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2uetz(38 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Talk about being pessimistic ... nothing like creating scenarios where the public is going to be forced to carry the cross for someone else's stupidity without even first knowing if the man has insurance or means to pay for his bills.

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3myogi(3 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Askme....so basically your saying you have never been careless or made a mistake? Just remember, karma is a bitxh.

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