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Colo. community response crew finds burned homeless man under bridge

The initial call for the Colorado Springs Community Response Medicine crew was for man lying near the water

By Savannah Eller
The Gazette

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A man who told police he was attacked and set on fire is being treated in serious but stable condition Monday after being rescued on the ice near a bridge with burn injuries and hypothermia.

Colorado Springs Fire Department spokesperson Ashley Franco said a community response medicine unit responded to a passerby’s call at a bridge near Beacon Street and West Van Buren Street around 11:30 a.m., finding a man lying on the ice near the water.

Franco said the CMED called for a heavier medical response and the man was brought to an area hospital for his injuries, which included signs of burns.

A Colorado Springs Police blotter entry said that the man claimed he had been “assaulted and set on fire.” A police spokesperson said that officers were investigating the incident.

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