Man catches on fire inside home

Tuesday, May 6th 2008, 8:31 am
By: News 9


A Midwest City man is recovering from severe burns after he caught on fire inside his southeast side home early Tuesday morning, police said.

Vance Riley, who is in his late 50s, was working on a lawnmower inside his home at 516 Foster Pl. when he somehow caught on fire, police said. Riley ran outside and a neighbor helped put out the flames, authorities said.

"Neighbors heard him yelling and they came to his assistance. He stepped out onto the front porch, they say the majority of him was engulfed in flames," said Jerry Lojka, public information officer with the Midwest City Fire Department.

The neighbor who helped put the fire out suffered burns on his hands as well, police said. Both were men were transported to local hospitals. Their conditions are not being released at this time.