NORTH LAWRENCE, NY (AP / WCBS 880) – Police on Long Island say a homeless man burned to death while seeking shelter from the ice storm behind a Long Island food market.
WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports from Long IslandREAD MORE: NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora Still In Critical Condition Following Deadly Shooting In Harlem
The victim was found behind a kosher food market in North Lawrence by municipal workers who stopped to turn around their salting truck.
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Nassau Police Lt. Kevin Smith says it appeared the man tried to light some cooking-fuel cans at about 2 a.m. Wednesday.READ MORE: Westchester Police Departments To Travel To Harlem In Tribute To Fallen NYPD Officer Jason Rivera
At the same time, he apparently tried to clean himself with some body wash liquid that contained alcohol. Police believe the flames from the cooking cans ignited the body wash, leaving the man to suffer fatal burns.
A volunteer ambulance crew attempted to assist, but police said he had already died.
The man’s identity was not immediately known.MORE NEWS: Lashawn McNeil, Suspect In Deadly Harlem Police Shooting, Was On Probation, Had 5 Prior Arrests
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