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Burn victim dies, family tells police

A 29-year-old Houston man, whom Rockdale police said set himself on fire in a driveway Nov. 8, has died of his burns in a San Antonio hospital.

Police Chief Thomas Harris said the family of Gurjeet Singh notified them Friday that Singh had died in Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio.

Harris said Singh had sustained critical burns over 90 percent of his body.

Police, firefighters and AMR pa ra med ic s re sponded to a bizarre “man on fire” call just after 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the US 79 entrance to Sherwood Forest Mobile Home Park.

Harris said a man had turned off the highway into the entrance, doused himself with gas, stepped outside his car and set himself on fire.

“He was nude and burning,” Harris said. Passers-by stopped to put out the fire.

Singh was treated at Richards Memorial Hospital, then flown to San Antonio.

Harris said funeral services and burial were over the weekend in San Antonio.

No further investigation is planned by police. “We are satisified it was a suicide attempt,” Harris said. “So far as we are concerned, the case is closed.”


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The burn ban for Milam County has been lifted. Burning is always prohibited in the county's municipalities.


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