Police in Rhode Island responding to reports of a man who had lit himself on fire later found a nearby abandoned industrial building on fire.
Pawtucket police found the man and a female acquaintance just before midnight Thursday.
Officers discovered that a fire was spreading in the old Roberts Chemical building a short time later.
Part of the building collapsed and Michael Sweeney, chief of the state fire marshal’s investigation unit, tells WPRI-TV the structural integrity of the rest of the building is compromised and it will likely need to be torn down.
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Crews from Pawtucket, Central Falls, North Providence and Lincoln responded to the scene.
The man suffered serious but non-life threatening burns. The woman suffered smoke inhalation. Both were arrested on outstanding warrants.
The fire’s cause remains under investigation.
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