HPD: Copper thief catches fire
Homicide detectives looking for witnesses
A man caught fire as he tried to steal copper, according to the Houston Police Department.
Investigators said the man was trying to steal copper from a transformer volt at 3303 Travis Street Monday at 8:10 p.m. when a fire started.
CenterPoint Energy said 7,200 volts were cut from the building and crews found evidence at the scene, including burned clothing, a burned ladder, a burned saw and a pair of glasses.
The man suffered third-degree burns on 50 percent of his body. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition.
His name was not released.