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Cleveland firefighters' quick thinking saves man's life after he threatens to set himself on fire

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Posted at 12:55 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 12:59:09-05

CLEVELAND — Quick-thinking Cleveland firefighters saved a man’s life Friday after he threatened to set himself on fire.

It happened Friday morning inside St. Augustine Health Ministries.

Cleveland Fire Lt. Tony Trujillo and firefighters from Engine 23 responded to the scene. When they arrived, they found the man covered in gasoline and holding a lighter. The man told firefighters that he was going to set himself on fire.

The firefighters left the room, grabbed their gear and hauled a fire hose through the building. When they got back, firefighters found that the man had gone into another room and closed the door. Crews went to the room, knocked down the door and hit him with water from the hose to stun him. Their actions allowed Cleveland police officers the chance to charge in the room and grab him.

Firefighters said the tactic was a coordinated effort with Cleveland police and Cleveland EMS workers.

No injuries were reported.

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