47-year-old man hospitalized after being lit on fire

By Melvin Givens, Digital Editor, Digital Editor
Published On: May 07 2014 09:15:00 PM HST

A 40-year-old man was hospitalized after being set on fire.

HONOLULU -

A 47-year-old man was hospitalized after being set on fire Wednesday night in Kaneohe.

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Emergency medical officials say the man was doused in a flammable liquid and suffered second degree burns.  He was initially hospitalized in serious condition, but police say his condition was changed to critical condition. He was taken to Straub Hospital.

Police have arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder.

The incident happened on Anoi Road around 6:15 p.m.

A witness says he stepped outside and saw the man covered in flames.

"When I came outside, this guy was running around. The guy was on fire just screaming. From top to bottom, his whole body was on fire. He just rolled around on the ground. I sprayed him with the hose and put him out," said Rocky Kahanu.

Witnesses say the suspect and victim are friends who regularly drink and hang out together.

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