West Valley City man dies of severe burn injuries following domestic dispute

West Valley City police on the scene of a domestic argument they believe led to the death of a 47-year-old man who appeared to set himself on fire. He later died at Intermountain Medical Center. Photo: Gephardt Daily/SLCScanner

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, May 8, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — An argument between a husband and wife late Sunday night escalated to a violent, tragic ending.

West Valley City Police Lt. Robert Hamilton said officers responded to a domestic situation at about 10:30 p.m. involving “some type of altercation between a husband and wife.”

The 47-year-old husband went into the garage, Hamilton said, where he apparently ignited accelerants and was severely burned. He was transported to the hospital and succumbed to his injuries at 3:40 a.m. Monday.

The man’s wife was checked by medical personnel at the scene and had no serious injuries.

Investigators say they have yet to determine the nature of the argument that led to the husband’s death.

Neither the dead man nor his wife have been identified.

Gephardt Daily will update this story as more information becomes available.



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