Published: May 17, 2019


A MAN WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL THURSDAY NIGHT AFTER SETTING HIMSELF ON FIRE AT THE ATHENS WALMART. ACCORDING TO MEDIA SOURCES, EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WERE DISPATCHED TO THE RETAILER AROUND 6:40 PM.  ATHENS POLICE ATTEMPTED TO EXTINGUISH THE BLAZE PRIOR TO FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVAL. INITIAL REPORTS INDICATE THE MAN DOUSED HIMSELF WITH GASOLINE, RAN INTO WALMART, CAME BACK OUT AND SET HIMSELF ON FIRE IN THE PARKING LOT. THE MAN, WHO HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED, WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL.  AN INVESTIGATION IS ON GOING.