Man dead after being doused with gas, set on fire during argument

- A man who suffered critical burns when he was doused with gasoline and set on fire inside a car in the carport of a North Hollywood apartment building has died, authorities said Friday.

The victim, who was 29, died as result of the injuries he suffered in the vehicle fire in the Valley Glen section of North Hollywood, Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles Police Department's Media Relations Section told
City News Service.

The fire was reported at 7:05 p.m. Thursday in the detached carport of a two-story apartment building at 6606 Woodman Ave., between Victory Boulevard and Vanowen Street, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

The victim and another man had gotten into an argument that turned physical and the suspect doused the victim with gasoline and lit him on fire, said Officer Tony Im. Neighbors told news media outlets they heard an explosion and saw the carport engulfed in flames shortly afterward.

The suspect, who was also injured in the incident, was in stable condition, Preciado said. He is in custody and subject to an investigation being conducted by the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division, she said.

It's unclear why the men were arguing.

Thirty-seven firefighters responded and knocked down the blaze in 14 minutes, confining it to the carport and at least one vehicle and keeping the flames from reaching apartments, Humphrey said.

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