The man who set himself on fire in Arroyo Grande was transported by ambulance to the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital, according to police Cmdr. Beau Pryor.
The Monday incident has also been reported to the San Luis Obispo County Mental Health Department, according to Pryor. The man, estimated to be about 50 years old, suffered severe burns on most of his body, Arroyo Grande police said. He has not been identified, and police have not said why the man ignited himself.
Police received a call about 12:30 p.m. Monday reporting a man on fire near the Swinging Bridge in the Arroyo Grande Village.
A witness saw a man engulfed in flames, running north across the Swinging Bridge. The man collapsed near a tree just north of the bridge. Several people came to his aid and also put out a small brushfire.