• Homeless man in lighter explosion runs down street in flames

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    PITTSBURGH (AP) (AP)ong> - A critically burned homeless man ran down a Pittsburgh street covered in flames after police say a cigarette lighter exploded and burned half his body.


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    Police say passers-by called 911 after seeing the burning man on a street in the city's Uptown section around 1 a.m. Friday. Brush near an Interstate 579 ramp also caught fire.

    Police, firefighters and paramedics found the man about a half-hour later on a bench near UPMC Mercy a few blocks away.

    He's hospitalized there with second and third-degree burns on his leg, arm, upper back and head.

    Police did not immediately release the man's name or age.

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