Police seek identity of man burned in gas station fire in southwest Houston


HOUSTON – Police are trying to identify a man hospitalized Sunday following an explosion near a gas station in southwest Houston.

Houston firefighters were called to a gas station around 5:30 a.m. at 13713 South Post Oak Road.

According to investigators, a gas station employee heard an explosion and then saw flames coming into the store from a shared wall connected to an outside bathroom. The worker managed to put out the flames, officers said.

After hearing screams, investigators the employee went outside and called police.

Police said the man was found inside the locked bathroom, which had a strong smell of gasoline.

Officers said the victim suffered first- and second-degree burns on over 40 percent of his body. Investigators said the man was also treated for smoke inhalation. 

He was taken to Memorial Herman Hospital in critical condition, officers said. 

Police described the man as being an African-American in his 30s or 40s, weighing about 250 pounds and about 6 feet tall. He has a black beard and was wearing a shirt with City of Pearland logo, police said.

The victim had no identification on him, police said.

Houston Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information is asked to call HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.