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Man Set on Fire Dies in Costa Mesa

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Police yesterday found a man engulfed in flames next to his pickup truck in Costa Mesa, CA.

ABC News reports that the 49-year-old victim, whose name hasn't been released pending notification of his family, was discovered by passers-by at about 4:50 p.m. Those who found him tried to put the flames out with their clothes and a fire extinguisher, but to no avail.

He was taken to a hospital where he died this morning.

A can of butane and a lighter were found near the man, but it isn't clear how or why he was set on fire.