Homeless man lit on fire in Yuma

Homeless man lit on fire in Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. – A homeless man suffered leg injuries after being lit on fire, according to Yuma Police Department officials.

Officers were notified about the incident when the man walked into Maverick Bar on Fourth Avenue Tuesday at around 6:55 p.m. asking for help.

YPD officials say the 46-year-old man says he woke up to his legs on fire in the desert area north of Quartermaster Depot at about 3 a.m. The man then said he saw three Hispanic men when he woke up. He gave no other descriptions about the men.

The man was taken to Yuma Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

YPD detectives are still trying to figure out how the man caught on fire.

The YPD encourages anyone with any information on this case to call (928) 373-4700 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.

We will bring you more details on this case as they come into our newsroom.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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