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Published On: Wed, May 15th, 2013

Ellis Vaughn, Clearwater Man crashes car into Dillards at Florida mall, trying to kill himself

The hole remains at the Dillard's in Clearwater, Florida when a man crashed his car into the building as part of a failed suicide attempt photo WFLA video coverage

The hole remains at the Dillard’s in Clearwater, Florida when a man crashed his car into the building as part of a failed suicide attempt photo WFLA video coverage

Investigators say a man who drove his car into a Clearwater mall department store may have been trying to kill himself.

Ellis Henry Vaughn, age 64, of Clearwater, told officials he was trying to commit a suicide driving into the building at high speed.

Clearwater Police and Fire Rescue got a call shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday about a car that crashed into the Dillard’s store at Westfield Countryside Mall. The crash subsequently started a fire in the east side of the building.

The driver was pulled from the vehicle and taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life threatening burns and injuries.

The fire caused extensive smoke and water damage to a back storeroom. Investigators say the sprinkler system managed to extinguish the fire almost immediately, but it took nearly four hours for a ventilation truck to clear smoke out of Dillard’s.

The department store remained closed Thursday.

Paramedics took Vaughn St. Joseph’s and later to Tampa General Hospital with burns and injuries. Doctors said his injuries seemed non-life threatening.

Photo screenshot from WFLA coverage: http://www.wfla.com

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