PD: Man in critical condition after being found fully engulfed in flames in west Phoenix

PHOENIX - Police say a man was rushed to the hospital Thursday night after being found fully engulfed in flames.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump said the incident started when bystanders heard a man screaming near a check cashing store in west Phoenix.

Crump said when the bystanders first saw the man, he was on fire and running toward a Taco Bell near 35th and Glendale avenues.

Lindsay Riedlinger was working at a restaurant next door when she says a few people ran in asking for help with a man who was burning.

She says she grabbed a fire extinguisher and ran outside where she found him in a gravel area behind the Taco Bell.

"People standing around had obviously directed him to take off what was burning because a lot of his clothes were off," Riedlinger said. "What was still on had patches of fire so I sprayed him down to get the rest of it out for him."

She says the man wasn't screaming when she found him and instead had a blank look on his face.

"When the fire was out he walked away and said he was going to get some water," Riedlinger said.

She followed him into the restaurant and waited until police and paramedics arrived.

It is unclear at this time how or when the man was burned.

Police said the man was transported to a nearby hospital and is in critical condition.

He has not yet been identified.

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