Three die in house fire af­ter man sets self alight

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

A blaze that broke out in an apart­ment in a Thes­sa­loniki sub­urb early yes­ter­day, and killed three res­i­dents, in­clud­ing an 18-mon­thold child, is be­lieved to have been ig­nited af­ter a 65-year-old man doused him­self with petrol and set him­self alight, ac­cord­ing to fire ser­vice work­ers.

The 65-year-old, who is be­lieved to have had psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems, lived in a small apart­ment in Korde­lio with his wife, also 65, who died in the blaze too. The 18month-old vic­tim was the cou­ple’s grand­child. The in­fant’s par­ents had been at work when the fire broke out.

Three sur­vivors of the blaze – a 25-year-old man and a 10-year- old boy – were hos­pi­tal­ized. The 25-year-old is the cou­ple’s adopted son and the 10-year-old is another grand­child, Kathimerini un­der­stands. The for­mer sus­tained se­ri­ous burns while the lat­ter es­caped with lighter in­juries.

A 52-year-old neigh­bor who tried to help also suf­fered mi­nor burns.

Lo­cal me­dia sug­gested that the 65-year-old had made at least two at­tempts on his own life in the past, both times by self-im­mo­la­tion.

Fire ser­vice investigators found a fuel con­tainer in the de­bris which is be­lieved to have con­tained the gaso­line used by the 65-year-old to set him­self alight.

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