Man dies in toi­let fire

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A man found in­side a flam­ing por­ta­ble toi­let at a Col­lege Park neigh­bor­hood park early Tues­day has died of his in­juries, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­di­cates the man, who suf­fered se­vere burns on his up­per body, likely started the fire him­self, though it was un­clear if the blaze was ac­ci­den­tal, said Capt. Stan­ley R. John­son, of the Mary­land-Na­tional Cap­i­tal Park Po­lice.

A Mary­land state trooper dis­cov­ered the toi­let ablaze in the Sun­ny­side Neigh­bor­hood Park, which is near a state po­lice bar­rack, around 7 a.m. The trooper was able to put out the fire with a fire ex­tin­guisher from his ve­hi­cle. He only re­al­ized that some­one was in­side the toi­let when he opened the door to look, Capt. John­son said.

The burn vic­tim, be­lieved to be in his 20s, has not been iden­ti­fied. Po­lice said he was taken by he­li­copter to Meds­tar Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Center, where he died from his in­juries.

Sui­cide has not been ruled out, ac­cord­ing to Prince Ge­orge’s County fire depart­ment spokesman Mark Brady.

Prince Ge­orge’s County po­lice have taken over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the man’s death. en­clo­sure.

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