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Latrobe man dies after apparently lighting himself on fire

| Monday, April 17, 2017, 1:06 p.m.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office ruled Monday that a 58-year-old Latrobe man committed suicide when he set himself on fire Saturday, city fire Chief John Brasile said.

The man, identified as Raymond Ralph by the medical examiner's office, was burned on 80 percent of his body, mostly from the waist down, Brasile said. He died at 11:25 a.m. Monday and Brasile was notified later in the day, he said.

Medics airlifted the man to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh's Uptown neighborhood after he set himself on fire around 7:25 p.m. in a shed on Seventh Avenue. Flames swept through the shed and damaged the siding to a mobile home.

β€œI thought we were responding to a shed fire, and we pull up and find a shed fully involved and then there was something else burning in the yard,” Brasile said. β€œIt was the victim.”

The fire chief said he used a leather motorcycle jacket, which lay nearby, to extinguish the flames on the victim.

Ralph left a suicide note on a door to the home, Brasile said.

The medical examiner reported Ralph died of thermal inhalation injuries.

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