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Homeless Man Set On Fire While Sleeping On The Beach

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A homeless man was set on fire while sleeping on the beach in Ventura this weekend, before being rescued by a men who used sand to put him out.

John Frazier, 58, was sleeping on the beach by a retaining wall near Seaward Avenue Saturday night, L.A. Times reports. He was in his sleeping bag, with a backpack of his possessions next to him. At about 11 p.m., Frazier said he awoke to find three men pouring lighter fluid on him and his things. They then set him on fire and fled. Another man who was passing by saw the flames, then used sand to put Frazier out, according to Ventura Police Cmdr. Tom Higgins.

The rescuer's identity has not been released, but he did tell police that when he spotted Frazier, the upper half of his body was on fire and the flames were 5 to 6 feet high. The rescuer did not see the men who set Frazier on fire.

Frazier is in stable condition at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with second- and third-degree burns on his face and torso.

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Ventura resident Elaine Lutz told NBC LA that she had made smalltalk with Frazier recently about the sunset, and that he was a "really nice guy" who never bothered or upset anyone.

The three men have been described white and in their late teens or early 20s. Frazier said they were all wearing dark clothing and their heads were shaved.

Anyone with information should call the Ventura Police Department at 805-339-4309.