Man burns legs while drinking moonshine in North Side |

Man burns legs while drinking moonshine in North Side

A North Side man told police that he burned his legs when he tried to light his furnace while drinking moonshine Tuesday, a police spokeswoman said.

Previous reports that he was making moonshine, which is illegal alcohol, are incorrect, spokeswoman Sonya Toler said.

The man was standing outside his North Side home on Overbeck Street when crews arrived at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, she said.

Firefighters quickly extinguished a small blaze in the basement.

The man was being treated at UPMC Mercy hospital’s burn unit with third-degree burns, Toler said.

Police are not releasing the man’s name, as they do not release the names of victims, she said.

Toler said the investigation of the incident, including the cause of the fire, was ongoing.

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