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A man who set himself on fire in the restroom of a Starbucks in Van Nuys died at a hospital, authorities said Thursday.
Firefighters sent to the coffee shop at 15355 W. Sherman Way at 8:18 a.m. Tuesday took the man to a hospital for treatment of burns that covered about 90 percent of his body, said Erik Scott of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The man died on Wednesday night, Scott said. Authorities did not immediately release the name of the man, who they said was about 60 years old and possibly a transient.
According to Scott, shortly after the man entered the restroom, “bystanders heard an explosive sound in the area, and the patient staggered from the bathroom engulfed in flames, and collapsed near the front entrance.”
“Patrons assisted in extinguishing the flames,” Scott said.
— City News Service
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