Death of man who burned outside Fort Worth temple was suicide

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A man died after setting himself on fire Wednesday evening February 9, 2022, police said. He was found on a sidewalk in front of a fenced property which is the grounds of Chùa Hương Đạo, a Buddhist temple. There is no known connection between the man and the temple.

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The man who burned to death outside a Buddhist temple in east Fort Worth was a 38-year-old white man from Fort Worth who took his own life, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Star-Telegram is not publishing the man’s name because his death was listed as a suicide.

Police responded to the 4700 E. Rosedale St. area around 8 p.m. Wednesday to a call that the man was on fire in the street.

The man was found burning on a sidewalk in front of a fenced property which is the grounds of Chùa Hương Đạo, a Buddhist temple. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s website lists the cause of death as a combination of thermal injury and inhalation of combustion products.

A Vietnamese temple monk who identified himself to a reporter as Reverend Nguyen said he and other monks knew nothing of what had happened. Nguyen told the Star-Telegram that a witness across the street saw several cars stop as the man burned and people tried to put out the fire before firefighters arrived and the police.

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A man died after setting himself on fire Wednesday evening February 9, 2022, police said. He was found on a sidewalk in front of a fenced property which is the grounds of Chùa Hương Đạo, a Buddhist temple. James Hartley [email protected]

Video of the incident, circulating on social media, showed several bystanders trying to put out the fire as the man, engulfed in flames, lay face down on the sidewalk. Passers-by tried to cover the man with what appeared to be blankets or towels, while others poured water from plastic bottles over the man.

The man appeared to still be alive at the time of the video. Although the man does not shout or make a sound, it appears that he occasionally moves up and down and may have attempted to stand at some point.

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