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Published On: Mon, Mar 28th, 2016

Charlies Ingram identified as US Veteran who set himself on fire outside clinic

The shocking horrors of the fiery suicide outside of a New Jersey Veterans Affairs clinic still cut deep as officials named the man as Charles Richard Ingram III, a seven-year veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Ingram walked to the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic, arriving there around 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. He had been there before for treatment, but this would be his last visit.

The 51-year-old man has walked nine miles, officials details. Ingram then doused himself in gasoline and set himself on fire.

photo/Alan Cleaver

photo/Alan Cleaver

A motorist called 911, according to Capt. Paul Newman of the Northfield Police Department.

Firefighters arrived just three minutes later, witnessing a bystander trying to extinguish the fire with blankets. Twenty minutes later, Ingram was airlifted to Temple University Burn Center in Philadelphia, where he died that evening.

“I’ve seen people die before with complications associated with minor burns, but he was 100 percent burned,” Northfield assistant fire chief Lauren William Crooks told The Daily Beast. “Gasoline burns extremely hot, so how he survived the short time that he did was in my opinion a little unbelievable, but people react in unpredictable ways to trauma.”

“Regardless of where you work, that’s a significant thing, one you hope to never have to see in your career,” Newman said.
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