Update: witness talks to KHQ about man set on fire in downtownPosted: Updated:
In an exclusive interview KHQ speaks to the man that found the burned homes less man in downtown Spokane. In his account of the incident, Dave Bilsland says he checked on Doug Dawson, the man set on fire, before the incident and found him asleep. He says he later heard says he found Dawson on fire where he had been sleeping. Stay tuned to KHQ Local News for the full interview.
Spokane police now tell us two people have been arrested after a man was severely burned in his wheelchair. It happened on the 100 block of south Washington late this morning.
Police say two transients are now in custody. They are 23-year-old Sean P. Knold of Portland and 22-year-old Mathew Tramell of Seattle. The men allegedly stole a backpack from a woman, and then came across the wheel chair bound man.
Police do not know what the motive for the torching was however; they do say the suspects used an accelerant. Officials say a blanket on the wheelchair bound man somehow caught fire, burning him severely.
The victim sustained life threatening injuries and was flown Harborview Medical Center in Seattle late Friday. He is currently in serious condition.
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