Man catches on fire in Corvallis field

Firefighters had to put out flames on a nearby gasoline tank

A fire hose (KOIN 6 News file)
A fire hose (KOIN 6 News file)

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Police in Corvallis say a man has suffered life-threatening injuries after being burned in a field east of the Highway 34 bypass.

The Gazette-Times reports that police had responded Wednesday to a call about a man on fire. Several agencies responded to the scene, and the man was taken to a Portland hospital via helicopter.

Chief Andy Louden with the Corvallis Fire Department says the man was no longer on fire when crews arrived, but firefighters had to put out flames on a nearby gasoline tank.

Police closed down the highway bypass in both directions for about one hour so the helicopter could land on the road.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.