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Man fatally burned at Jordan Lake

Posted October 15, 2012

— A man burned to death late Sunday at the Bells Church Fishing Area at Jordan Lake, Chatham County authorities said Monday.

People fishing off the pier told authorities that they saw a large flame and heard a scream in the upper parking lot at about 10:30 p.m. When they went to investigate, they found a man on fire, but they were unable to save him.

Authorities said witnesses didn't see anybody or any vehicles leaving the area at the time, and a preliminary investigation shows no indication of foul play.

Investigators are trying to determine if the man committed suicide or if the fireball erupted by accident.

The man's body has been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for identification.


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  • kineshad Oct 15, 2012

    this is really a sad situation ... MY dad and Brother were there and put the fire out . But they couldnt save him my heart goes out to his family . . . for the loss . I pray it wasnt a suicide

  • kidsrn Oct 15, 2012

    How awful for that poor man. And how awful for those poor people who went to investigate and saw him and were unable to help. That would haunt me for a long time.

  • iamafishjedi Oct 15, 2012

    All wrong HTBT and that's it.

  • lisa4 Oct 15, 2012

    Did I miss something in this story? Where does it mention a cigarette?
    Prayers for the family that has lost their loved one.

  • pulstar40 Oct 15, 2012

    How horrible! One of the worst ways to die.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Oct 15, 2012

    A bad way to go...

  • Hip-Shot Oct 15, 2012

    We fish at night with Coleman lanterns: I'm wondering if that (malfunction) might be the culprit but given the sketchy details all is speculation at this point.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 15, 2012

    A lot of details missing. The article hinted at a crime. But he just as easily could have been puting gas into a hot engine and spilled some.

  • Jimmytwotimes Oct 15, 2012

    say whaaaaaa? Weird story.