Off-duty firefighter saves man who set himself on fire

The firefighter was waiting at a stoplight when he saw the man catch fire; he suffered burns to his face and hands helping the victim


LEXINGTON, Ky. — A video caught an off-duty firefighter jumping into action after a man set himself on fire during rush hour traffic in Lexington.

WTVQ.com reported the man poured gasoline on himself and then set himself on fire at a busy intersection after getting into an argument with his significant other.

Lexington firefighter Major Joe Madden was off-duty and waiting at a traffic light when he saw the man catch fire and got out of his car to help.

Madden suffered burns to his hands and face while helping the victim and went to the hospital to be treated.

Authorities said the man was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

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