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Arizona man on fire walks into Taco Bell, asks for water

Posted at 8:25 PM, Nov 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-16 20:25:10-05

PHOENIX, Arizona (PIX11) — A man who was still smoldering from a fire Thursday night managed to walk into a Taco Bell to ask for water, police said.

The unidentified man was seen engulfed in flames at a Phoenix shopping center. An Arby’s manager helped put the flames out with a fire extinguisher after she heard customers screaming, AZ Family reported.

“He was just standing there,” manager Linday Riedlinger told the station. “He wasn’t screaming, he wasn’t yelling or anything. He just looked like in complete shock.”

But what happened afterwards surprised her even more. Riedlinger said after the fire was put out, the man — still smoldering — walked into a nearby Taco Bell to ask for water.

“I went in after him and the place started getting really smoky real fast,” she told the station.

The man suffered second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body. It is unclear how the fire started, but police do not believe anybody was with him when he was set ablaze.