An Anniston man was being treated at a Birmingham hospital Thursday after being doused with gasoline and set on fire Wednesday night, police said.
Anniston police, EMS, and firefighters responded to a report of assault at a home in the 500 block of 12 1/2 Street around 5:30 p.m., Anniston police Sgt. Shaun Firestone said Thursday morning.
“There were two men who’d been arguing all day and they had a physical altercation prior to the call to 911,” Firestone said.
The sergeant said it appeared one or both of the men had been drinking alcohol.
One man, 56 years old, was stabbed by the other, 57-year-old man, Firestone said. The stabbing victim’s injury did not appear to be significant, the sergeant said. Firestone declined to name the men Thursday morning.
After the 56-year-old was stabbed, he picked up a nearby gas can and poured gasoline over the 57-year-old man.
“We’re still unsure exactly how the gas was ignited, but it was,” Firestone said.
The 57-year-old suffered burns so severe his clothes were completely burned away and about 80 percent of his body was blistered or worse, the sergeant said.
“He was flown to UAB,” Firestone said. “The other guy was taken to RMC. During the incident his legs caught on fire too.”
Firestone said the burns on the man taken to RMC were about as bad as the other man’s burns. The man taken to UAB was in stable condition Thursday morning, Firestone said.
Neither man has been charged in the incident, Firestone said.
“It’s still under investigation,” he said.