Homeless man in critical condition after catching fire near Downtown |

Homeless man in critical condition after catching fire near Downtown

A homeless man remained in critical condition after he was seen running toward Downtown covered in flames early Friday morning.

Police found the man around 1 a.m. in Uptown, about a half hour after a passerby called 911 to report a brush fire near the outbound ramp from Crosstown Boulevard to Bigelow Boulevard, according to Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler.

Firefighters put down the fire while police and paramedics searched for the man, she said. He told emergency responders that a lighter he was using malfunctioned, causing the fire.

The victim was taken to UPMC Mercy in serious condition with second- and third-degree burns, but was later downgraded to critical, she said.

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