November 27, 2014

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Man sets himself on fire, dies of burns

VERMILION — A North Royalton man distraught over his divorce died after setting himself on fire Saturday night.
Vermilion police responded to the 3300 block of Cooper Foster Road in Vermilion to assist a man who was apparently trapped inside a burning vehicle at 8:45 p.m.
When they arrived, they found the badly burned body of Adam Kurczi, 31, lying 20 yards from his smoldering 2006 Dodge Charger.
Vermilion Police Sgt. Michael Reinheimer said Kurczi showed up uninvited to a bonfire at the house of one of his ex-wife’s relatives, whispered something to his ex-wife and proceeded to pour a gallon can of Coleman camping fuel over his body.
He returned to his vehicle and lit himself on fire, then exited the vehicle and collapsed.
Witnesses sprayed Kurczi with a hose, and a neighbor doused his vehicle with a fire extinguisher to put out the fires.
“He was still breathing and conscious when we arrived,” Reinheimer said. “But he was burned over 100 percent of his body.”
Kurczi was transported by helicopter to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where he died at 9 a.m. Sunday, Reinheimer said.
No specific threats were made prior to the incident, and no suicide notes were found. Police said Kurczi brought the camping fuel with him.
No one else was hurt in the fire.
Contact Stephen Szucs at 329-7129 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.