Man Dies After Allegedly Doused In Gasoline And Set On Fire By Brother-In-Law
A man has died after being doused in gasoline and set ablaze after a family dispute on Thursday night. His brother-in-law, who was also injured from the fire, is the main suspect in the death and was taken into custody.
Just after 7 p.m., Thursday evening, a fire was reported in a carport on the 6600 block of Woodman Avenue in Valley Glen. "One of the males... grabbed a bottle full of gasoline, poured it over the other, who was still inside the car itself and set it on fire," Det. Thomas O'Sullivan of the LAPD told KTLA. Police said the two men were having a family dispute.
The two were in a physical altercation before the fire broke out. Neighbors said they heard an explosion, according to CBS Los Angeles.
City News Service said it took firefighters 14 minutes to put out the fire, and that they were able to keep it from spreading beyond the carport. The victim, identified as 29-year-old Daniel Pineda, was taken to a hospital and died of his injuries around 1 a.m., Friday morning. The man who is suspected of starting the fire was burned from the explosion and also taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
LAPD Capt. Peter Casey told the L.A. Times that the suspect was Pineda's brother-in-law. He is currently under police custody, but still hospitalized for his injuries.