Indiana Man Sets Self on Fire Over Argument


A man set fire to himself and an apartment early Friday morning in an argument with a woman over cleaning, police said.

Bloomington police Capt. Joe Qualters said the incident happened at about 12:50 a.m. at an apartment building in the 2300 block of Winslow Court.

Police said a 22-year-old man, whose name wasn't released, was found on fire in a common hallway of the apartments.

"He was tackled, restrained, and the fire he'd set to himself was extinguished," Qualters said, in a news release.

Police said the argument began when the man refused to help clean the apartment and was told to leave.

"She had additional friends try to assist in getting him to leave, and he then set fire to the couch," Qualters said.

A neighbor was able to douse the flames from the couch fire. The woman and her infant left as the man began burning other things in the apartment, police said.

The man was taken to Bloomington Hospital for treatment and a mental health evaluation, Qualters said.

The man was not arrested, but could face charges of arson, criminal recklessness and criminal mischief.

"The apartment where the incident occurred suffered extensive damage, with adjoining apartments having smoke and water damage," Qualters said.

The American Red Cross was helping displaced residents with temporary housing.

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