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NY Man, 89, Burned In Votive Candle Fire Dies

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Nassau County police cruiser (file/credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Nassau County police cruiser (file/credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

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HICKSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — An 89-year-old New York man has died from injuries he suffered after his clothes caught on fire as he was lighting a votive candle in his wife’s memory.

Police say Vito Badalamente died late Friday night at the burn unit of Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow.

He had third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Badalamente had been at Holy Family Catholic Church in Hicksville early Thursday morning to light a candle for his wife, who died eight years ago. But he didn’t extinguish a stick used to light the votive, and his clothes caught on fire.

Two priests rushed to help him after fire alarms were set off.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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