WATCH: Warning: Some viewers may find some images in the following story disturbing. A man has died after being discovered on fire in a Victoria parking lot. As Kori Sidaway reports, witnesses say the sight of the burning man is something they will never be able to forget.
A man who was engulfed in flames in a Victoria parking lot Wednesday afternoon has succumbed to his injuries.
Just after 12 p.m., emergency crews were called to the parking lot behind Chiba Sushi at the corner of Hillside Avenue and Gorge Road East after a report of a man in medical distress. The man was on fire and police officers helped to extinguish it with BC Emergency Health Service Paramedics and Victoria Fire Department firefighters. Prior to emergency services arriving, the man was helped by bystanders.
The man was sent to hospital with life-threatening injuries sustained during a fire. He died from his injuris a short time later.
“Officers provided immediate assistance and immediate first aid,” Victoria police spokesman Bowen Osoko said, adding that paramedics and firefighters then provided further assistance.
Officers have just to a person who needed assistance call in the 600-block of Gorge Road East. One person has gone to hospital with life-threatening injuries. We're investigating. #yyjtraffic in the area may be affected. #F1817951
— Victoria Police (@vicpdcanada) May 2, 2018
Lorie Jimenez, co-owner of Sub Stop Shop on Gorge Rd East, said a man who had recently bought a sub rushed back into the shop when he saw a man on fire in the parking lot.
“My husband was just coming in,” Jimenez said.
“I have a fire extinguisher here that I grabbed so I gave it to my husband. Then he just squeezed the fire extinguisher and put the [fire] out.”
Jimenez said the man was on fire from head to toe. The other man who reported the fire called 911.
Police officers and a fire investigator were gathering evidence at the parking lot. The parking lot was blocked off for a couple of hours after the incident.
The Victoria Fire Department, the BC Coroners Service and Victoria police are investigating. Police said more information will be released later pending notification of the man’s next of kin.
More to come.