City More on the UW Fire
posted by October 30 at 13:41 PMon
According to Assistant UW Police Chief Ralph Robinson, a 61-year-old Asian man poured gasoline on himself in Red Square and lit himself on fire earlier this afternoon.
The man was transported to Harborview with second and third-degree burns. His current condition is unknown.
Robinson says police have not determined whether the man was a faculty member or student or what motivated the incident. “That’s probably the number one question we all have,” Robinson says.
UW just sent out this message to students:
Dear UW Students,
Many of you may have witnessed or heard about the tragic incident on Red Square today in which a former UW employee set fire to himself. Sadly he died later at Harborview Medical Center, our condolences go out to his family. We all recognize that it was a terrifying and painful thing for people to see. After witnessing a traumatic event you may experience a number of reactions; shock, fear, sadness, or heightened emotions. The University has a number of offices available to help you get through this time.