Man set on fire in Andover

ANDOVER, Minn. - One person is being treated at an area hospital with burns and a man is in custody for allegedly setting the victim on fire inside a home in Andover Tuesday night.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office received a report of a fire in the 1300 block of 137th Lane Northwest at about 9:30 p.m.

When crews arrived they found a 55-year-old man who authorities believe was doused with an accelerant and set on fire by his landlord/roomate. The victim was transported to a local hospital where doctors determined he had been burned over 80 percent of his body. The man is reported in critical condition.

"To light another human being on fire you either have to be on something or your just pure psychotic," said neighbor Chelsee Greiner, who tells KARE 11 the homeowner has a history of erratic behavior.

Anoka County Sheriff's spokesman Commander Paul Sommer says deputies had been dispatched to the home earlier in the evening after reports of a dispute between a tenant and his landlord. Sommer says deputies left because no crime had been committed at that time and the two men had agreed to separate for the evening.

Witnesses reported seeing the 29-year-old suspect flee the scene at a high rate of speed. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office sent out a statewide law enforcement alert for the arrest of the suspect. It was believed the man had access to a cabin near Orr, MN, and that's where deputies from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office found and arrested him. The suspect reportedly has minor burns to his face.

"We're concerned about his mental health. I mean, somebody has to have some mental issues to do what he did to this man," said neighbor Jan Rachel. "It was so vile. I mean, who would do that?"

The identity of the victim is being withheld until relatives can be notified about what happened.


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